Wednesday, July 16, 2008


I didn't watch any of it but the American League defeated the National League for the 11th straight year in baseball's All Star Game. The game was the longest in major league history as it took 15 innings to decide the winner.

The American League champion will once again have home field advantage in the World Series at the end of the season. On SportsCenter on ESPN this morning, I was struck by how passionate the sportscasters were discussing this game. They were up in arms because they don't think the All Star game should determine home field advantage--they think it should simply be an exhibition game.

Their argument was that because it actually means something, managers will do things not normally done during an exhibition game because they want to win. This, they contend puts players' health at risk.

The way they were discussing this was if world peace depended on a solution to this "problem." I thought about how truly unimportant this was in the greater scheme of life. Yet, I watched intently.

I think I was interested in what they had to say because of one word: Passion. These guys had passion about what they were talking about. You could tell they believed in what they were saying.

We are instructed to do things with passion--to the best of our abilities. So what will you be passionate about?

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.
Colossians 3:23

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