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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

2 Timothy 2:5 (Pt. 2)  Thought/Prayer:  Manuals: Umps’, Refs’, Ours.  Topics:  2 at end.

“And if any one takes part in an athletic contest, he gets no prize unless he obeys the rules.  (WEY)  (Read this scripture and more at http://prayerpivot.com.)

IIf we go with an analogy such as Paul’s in this letter he wrote to his son-in-the-Lord Timothy, we can further consider the need to follow the rules when we stand for created LIFE in our world.  So if we are going to abide by the rules, let us consider the tasks of an umpire behind home plate.  Whether it’s a little-league baseball game or a high-school softball game, it is up to the umpire to make the correct calls and be there in an instant when a critical call needs to be made for a tight play.  He (or she) must instantaneously decide in certain situations:  when did the shoe touch the bag; when did the ball touch the shoulder; when did neither happen?

The “ump” has, of course, been schooled in making these lightning-speed decisions.  He (or she) has been trained to get over there “quick” . . . assess . . . and make the call, gesturing with arms and body language what it is.  So what has this to do with pro-life work?  Well, consider:

The umpire calling the pro-life endeavor (call it a game if you will) is, of course, the Lord.  And He is the one who trains us participants through His rule book, the Bible.  No, of course the Bible isn’t 1,2,3 rules as are probably written into a referee’s training manual.  Well, if we consider the 10 Commandments,  . . . maybe.  But in general, as we read the Bible, the guiding principles are woven in and out, throughout. 

When we are in pro-life activities, it may be helpful to remember that love is the greatest, along with faith and hope.  So when there is a choice to be made, either with other pro-life folks or with an individual considering options, let love rule.  We cannot let our own outlook rule, although sometimes this is difficult.  We may have ideas that are, in the end, not truly love-based.

Another application of God’s rule book might be that there are authorities over us as we serve, God being the highest, of course.  But there are others under whom we may work in any given pro-life group.  Sometimes we must defer to the greater good or the greater policy as we confront problems or different opinions.  Especially as volunteers, we must come under the authority of the leadership of the administrators of one type or another.

Yes, God’s rule book the Bible has much to guide us, just as does an umpire’s manual.  And, as with sports, if we take time to study it, we will make the best calls to support created life and help people in their struggles.  Lord, help us to make the time to know it well!

Topics:  Pray to base all “calls” in the pro-life battle on scripture and love.
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