Thursday, October 24, 2013

The World Series

The 2013 World Series is underway in a match that pits the Boston Red Sox against the St. Louis Cardinals. You might be thinking, “Who cares?”

I don’t mean that as a jab at baseball. I say that because that is what a Fox News poll indicated. The question posed was “Who will win?” Here is how people voted in the poll:

A.     Boston (28%)
B.     St. Louis (30%)
C.     I don’t care (42%)

This poll does not mean that Americans hate baseball. It is, after all, America’s pastime. The numbers might mean that people who happened to vote on Fox’s poll don’t like baseball; the numbers might have been much different on ESPN’s website. The numbers could also reflect that people “don’t care” because their team didn’t make it to the World Series (like my Rays).

But still, put yourself in the cleats of the ones playing on baseball’s largest stage. This is the event that these guys spent their childhood years dreaming of: stepping to the plate with a chance to bat your team to victory; standing on the mound trying to strike out the competition; diving for a ball in the gap and jumping up in time to throw the runner out. This is as big as it gets. And the majority of the people voted that they “don’t care.”

Whether or not this poll is really reflective of what Americans think of the Fall Classic, it still illustrates the point that some things in life aren’t as big of a deal as they seem at the time. Not that these things are wrong, sometimes our priorities get out of order. Here is how Solomon concluded his thoughts on life:

“Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: fear God and keep His commandments, for this is man’s all.”
Ecclesiastes 12:13

Some of those things that seem so important can really just be a distraction. Make sure that at the end of the day you are serving God and keeping His commands.

By the way, the Red Sox won Game 1 by a score of 8-1. Not that you care. 

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