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A Day to Remember                                      July 24, 2013

Dear friends,

It was a dream come true.  Hernan Perez, a rookie infielder for the Detroit Tigers,
went 2 for 3 with a triple and two RBI's to help his team win the game.  His
teammates mobbed him and made him feel, at least for a night, that he belonged
there.

The problem is that fame in the big leagues is fleeting for most players.  That is
especially true if you are batting .200 like Perez is at the moment.  For every
Mariano Rivera or Dustin Pedroia who spend years as a star on a major league
roster, there are dozens of players who are very talented who never make it to the
majors at all.

That's why I was very excited to read the article in the Bulletin about Eric
Campbell's rise through the New York Met's farm system.  With a little bit of luck,
all of his hard work will pay off and he will get a shot at the big leagues in the near
future.  I hope he savors every moment of it when it comes.

It makes me think of Mark Fidrych. Fidrych was the Matt Harvey of his
generation.  He was the toast of baseball in 1976 when he came out of nowhere to
win the Rookie of the Year Award, start the All Star game and finish the year with
a 19-9 record.  The sky seemed to be limitless for this 21 year old.

In the spring of 1977 disaster struck. Mark was hurt in a freak accident and life
was never the same.  In Doug Wilson's book, The Bird: The Life and Legacy of
Mark Fidrych the author writes of Mark's trials and of his attitude through it all.
Fidrych understood that he had enjoyed something very few people ever got to
have and he gave thanks to God.

King David, who knew something of success in his own right, wrote in Psalm 90,
"Teach us to number our days so that we may gain a heart of wisdom."  I like how
it is paraphrased in the New Living Translation.  It says, "Teach us to realize the
brevity of life so that we can grow in wisdom."

The key to unlocking this wisdom comes when we learn to enjoy the blessings God
brings our way every day.  Don't spend too much time looking back regretting the
missed opportunities.  Don't spend all your days waiting for something that might
never happen.  Enjoy this gift God gives us that we call the present.  Take it from
the ones who have done so.  Rejoice and celebrate it and you will never be
disappointed.

God bless.  See you in church. Cal