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Make Your Best Pitch
                                                                                                                   April 13, 2016

Dear Friends,

Hometown hero, and long time fan favorite, Kirk Gibson threw out the first pitch for the
Detroit Tigers home opener last week. Gibson went to the mound, wound up and proceeded
to throw the ball on one bounce to the catcher.

I laughed. I didn't laugh at him.  I laughed because a few years ago I did the same thing.  I was
so excited.  I was chosen to throw out the first pitch at a Connecticut Tigers game.  How hard
could it be to throw the ball sixty feet?

I felt like a major league pitcher standing there with my name on the back of the shirt.  Yes,
my wife, Lori, and bought me a major league replica jersey for the occasion.  I wound up and
let it go.  I was living the dream.

I don't know if it was the pressure of being out in front of the crowd or the adrenaline rushing
through my body but as the ball hit the ground and bounced up into the catcher's glove I suddenly
felt more like Charlie Brown than Justin Verlander.

Some people make things look so easy.  I wonder if that is what Simon Peter thought as he
watched Jesus minister to the crowds.  The people needed to eat and Jesus multiplied the
loaves and fishes.  A blind man came and walked away with sight.

Of all the disciples, Peter was the one who often bounced the ball across the plate when
trying to show off.  He was the one who spoke boldly only to have to eat his words.  Peter was
disciple who Jesus often had to pull aside to correct.

Don't feel bad for Peter.  The truth is that Peter was also the one who was the first to step up
and proclaim his faith.  He was the one who was always in a place to serve.  We may think of
his failures but it is his faith and courage that we remember.

So don't be afraid to get out there and make your pitch.  You may not always throw a strike
but you can't taste the glory unless you are in the game. So get out there and give it your
best and let the Lord do the rest.

God bless. See you in church.

Cal
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