On July 4, 1939, baseball great Lou Gehrig deliver what is likely known as sports’ most famous speech. Suffering from the symptoms of ALS (sometimes referred to as Lou Gehrig disease), he died fewer than two years later at the age of 37. He set a record that stood until 1995 by playing in a consecutive streak of 2,130 professional baseball games despite 17 fractures in his hands and suffering various other illnesses and minor injuries. Rather than citing his achievements, he commended the fans, his teammates, sports writers, managers, parents and his wife fro helping him be the “luckiest man on the face of the earth.” He gave his best, didn’t give up and inspired many. As Christ’s follower you will inspire others by staying faithful in giving of yourself and your financial resources for kingdom ministries. Ask yourself the following questions:
- Are you expressing thanks for God’s guidance and care?
- “Therefore, through Him let us continually offer up to God a sacrifice of praise, that is the fruit of our lips that confess His name” (Hebrews 13:15).
- Are you giving a tithe or more to express your commitment to Christ?
- Jesus said you should tithe without neglecting the more important things (see Matthew 23:23).
- Are you giving worshipfully?
- “Ascribe to Yahweh the glory of His name; bring an offering and enter His courts. Worship the Lord in the splendor of His holiness…” (Psalm 96:8-9).
- Are you giving cheerfully?
- “Each person should decide in his heart—not reluctantly or out of necessity, for God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Corinthians 9:7).
Famous basketball coach John Wooden once said, “Success comes from knowing that you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming.”