Keith's Story

Well, spring is here!  For me that means more time spent outside whether for work or for play. It also means Mother’s Day is coming soon —I’m thankful for my mom, my grandmothers, and my great-grandmother, who was truly my role model during my formative years because of her active faith. Spring also means baseball will be on TV as I watch the Big Red Machine (wishful thinking). Perhaps, the main reason we embrace spring is that it seems to offer hope after a cold winter. 

Carlton Fisk, MLB catcher, stated this insightful thought: “If the human body recognized agony and frustration, people would never run marathons, have babies, or play baseball.”  Wow! Just as soon as spring offered us some hope, Mr. Fisk puts a negative spin on each of these things… even awesome experiences have challenging seasons. 

Psalm 146:5-6 says, Blessed are those whose help is in the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord their God. He is the Maker of heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them—He remains faithful forever.

Have you ever had someone in your life you thought was a source of constant hope let you down? I think we can all relate!  

Charlie Lau said, “There are two theories on hitting the knuckleball. Unfortunately, neither of them work.” First, a knuckleball is a very difficult type of pitch to throw and hit, because it is extremely unpredictable. But the reason I find this quote fascinating is that Charlie Lau was a major league coach and hitting guru. The person who has authored books and taught thousands of lessons on batting basically offers no hope to hitters in this particular instance. 

Psalm 62:5-6, 8 tells us: Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from Him. Truly He is my rock and my salvation; Trust in Him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to Him, for God is our refuge.

It is far too convenient to place our hope in things and people. Yet, those circumstances and individuals will NOT be the consistent source of hope we need. Later in Psalm 62:10 we are reminded not to put vain hope in stolen goods – things that can be taken away. In Hebrews 13 we are promised God will never leave you (v.5) and “Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever." (v.8) 

Now, that is REAL hope! My baseball playing and coaching days are basically over; my great grandmother lived to be 93, but she’s gone; spring will turn into sticky summer—all good while they lasted. But, MY hope is in the Lord — He remains faithful forever! Where is your hope?

By Keith Galloway

Keith is an IBC member, LCA administrator and athletics chaplain. He is the husband of kind, compassionate Dana and father of Macy and Chase, who both sacrificed a lot of time so others could call him “Coach”—grateful for all of it.

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