“From Hero to Zero”
I played a lot of softball from age 15-32. Our team was playing in a tournament. I came to bat with the bases loaded and no outs. It was a very close game, I believe the score was tied at the time.
So the coach told me to hit a fly ball, far enough to score the run. I remember thinking I can do that. I was very relaxed, got a nice pitch and swung at it.
That ball traveled as far as any I have ever hit. I had a triple, scoring 3 runs and we won the game. I have never known what it felt like to be a hero, but it must be something like I experienced.
That win put us in the championship game.
Our team had never been the champion of a tourney.
We played the championship game the following day. It was a similar game, close and once again I came up with bases loaded, no outs and we needed the runs. The coach said, hit it just like I had the night before.
I felt calm, swung at a bad pitch and popped up to the shortstop. The ump called infield fly run, the batter’s out.
From hero to zero, in less than 24 hours.
Please read the following verses,
27 Jesus and his disciples went on to the villages around Caesarea Philippi. On the way, he asked them, “Who do people say I am?”
28 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets.”
29 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”
Peter answered, “You are the Christ.”
30 Jesus warned them not to tell anyone about him.
31 He then began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law and that he must be killed and after three days rise again.
32 He spoke plainly about this, and Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him.
33 But when Jesus turned and looked at his disciples, he rebuked Peter. “Get behind me, Satan!” he said. “You do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men.”
I can’t help thinking that Peter and I have something in common. He too went from hero to zero, fairly quickly. I don’t know about you, but I have experienced the Zero more than the hero.
But that is ok. I serve a Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, to Whom I do my best and trust Him with the best.
He has used this zero and He is the Hero of all Heroes to me.
If you are unfamiliar with this song,
What a tribute it is to our hero, Jesus Christ. Here is the link.