Something that my friends know about me is that I am a huge Texas Rangers fan. I love the Rangers! Whenever baseball season starts, I make my best effort to watch every single game whether live or on TV. I love baseball and I love the Rangers. When you became a fan like me, then you really feel a part of the team as well. You get attached to the players. One player that I really liked and I wanted to succeed was Josh Hamilton.
Josh Hamilton was our most talented player for 5 seasons. He’s had so many great moments like his homerun derby performance in Yankees Stadium, amazing defensive skills, winning 2010 AL MVP & ALCS MVP, hitting the go-ahead 2 run homerun in Game 6 of the 2011 World Series (should have led the Rangers to win the World Series), and hitting 4 home runs in one game. The guy had a lot of amazing moments as a Texas Ranger. More importantly the guy is a Christian and a great role model for kids. His story was so inspiring of how he came to Christ and overcame drugs. He really used this platform for Christ.
Since the year 2012, I haven’t been a fan of Josh because he decided to leave the Rangers to play for the arch nemesis Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. I am definitely going to root against him due to that fact alone, even though I don’t blame him for making the best decision for his family. Then Josh dissed Rangers fans by saying that DFW is not a “baseball town”. I kind of agree with him because there were a ton of band wagon fans. However it is not something you say out loud or on the record. At the same time I felt Rangers fans really supported him through all these times. Even the times when he made mistakes, we forgave him and continued to root for him.
Now the news has come out that he has suffered another relapse. I have learned a little bit about addiction during my masters program. I know that it is a never-ending battle. Addicts are tempted and tested every single day for the rest of their lives. When I think about Josh’s battle with addiction, it reminds me of our sinful nature.
As Christians we are consistently in battle with sin.
Romans 5:8 – “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”
This verse brings to perspective about how God loves and died for us even though we are sinners. When we accept Christ in our lives, then Jesus forgives those sins. It is a relief that our God loves and forgives us of our past mistakes. I can definitely empathize for Josh because I continually make mistakes as well. My trials and temptations are way different, but I can understand how powerful sin can be in one’s life.
The unfortunate fact is that we are all still sinners and we continually make mistakes.
Romans 7:19 – “For the good that I want, I do not do, but practice the evil that I do not want.”
I believe that as humans we are in constant struggle with sin. This verse doesn’t accept our sin, but it gives a perspective that our human nature is in constant battle between the flesh and spirit.
Unfortunately temptations and sinful acts are still part of our Human DNA. I have never struggled with substance addiction in my life. However I can relate and empathize with Josh because I have my own struggle with my sinful nature each every day. There are days that I fail miserably at it. Luckily I haven’t had a day where it cost me a whole lot in my life.
I pray that I can understand these perspectives, so that I don’t judge or hate on people when they are struggling or in pain. Also I pray that Josh and his family would be strong in the Lord through these times.
The good news is that Josh, myself, and everybody else on the planet are in the same boat. We are all sinners and we are going to make mistakes. Ultimately there is absolutely no way that we can be perfect on this earth and that is okay. It is a constant reminder about how much we need Jesus in our lives. I love this verse, 2 Corinthians 12:9 (NASB) “And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.” I am not saying that we should just sin because of our human nature. However we should use our downfalls as encouragement to continually rely upon our Lord to transform us more into Jesus each and every day.
A part of me wouldn’t even hate to see Josh successful on the baseball field again…as long as it’s not against the Rangers. :)