I love Opening Day! The first day of the baseball season is like no other day. Every professional baseball team is at the same place – the all have identical records. Every team is hopeful that this could be that year – the year when the .250 hitter hits .310; when the 15 home run a year hitter believes that this year he will hit 30; and that the 10 win pitcher with an ERA of 3.25 will win 20 games with a sub 2.00 ERA. Hope springs eternal. It is a new opportunity. It is a time for beginning again. Every team after opening day is either 1game up or 1 game down. Everyone still has a chance.
I think I like Opening Day for another reason. It is the time when a player can begin again. He gets to prove that last year was not a fluke year with his inflated averages or gets an opportunity to prove that he belongs on the highest level of baseball even though his last year was not very good by major league standards. Opening Day is a time of beginning again! And again.
I think that is why I like Opening Day. It has grace written all over it. It is a time to begin again. Opening Day and Lent share some common themes. We are all equal before God, we get a chance for a “do-over” and there is hope in that which is to come!
During this Lenten Season, experience the grace of an “opening day” before our Lord. Our sins have been forgiven. We live in the Hope of an new life.
Dr. Rich Lloyd
A follower of Jesus Christ. Husband to Debbie since 1980. Father to Logan, Kelsey and Jordan. Since 2000 the Pastor of the First Baptist Church Newport, Newport, Tennessee nestled in the great Smoky Mountains. A graduate of Samford University (BA '79) and the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (MDiv '83, ThM '85 and PhD '91). A third generation Southern Baptist minister. A serious Peyton Manning and Atlanta Braves fan!