We’re not a baseball house. Mark and I grew up in Washington, DC in the years between the Senators and the Nationals. And baseball was already a thorny topic in my family: My mother was a Yankees fan and my father was a Red Sox fan – so, my brother and I stuck with football.

Nevertheless, I’ve been fascinated by Vin Scully’s last season as the Voice of the Dodgers. And Friday, I heard a single statement that made me understand why he is so beloved. Scully said, “All I feel is thanksgiving. The Lord has blessed me. He gave me this job at such a youthful age and allowed me to live and do it for 67 years. What am I going to say, 'Darn it, why didn’t I get number 68?’”

Humility, devotion, and joy. Isn’t that how we are all meant serve the Lord and one another? Our Father has designed a place for each of us, a place where we can use the gifts He’s given us to make the world a better place. Some, like Scully, find their place early and make a bold and beautiful mark on the world. Many of us spend a long time working our way toward that place, being shaped and strengthened along the way. And some find that place without realizing it, laboring for the Lord but unaware of how inspiring they are to those around them.   

As the body of Christ, we must help each other find that place each of us is meant to serve. Let us be inclusive in our gatherings, encouraging and supportive to all. Let us show our appreciation for the work done in His Name. Most importantly, let us pray that each of us will – if Scully will forgive me – get our moment at the plate and hit a home run to the glory of God.

“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.”

1 Peter 4:10-11