Growing up as a kid I learned to love baseball. I played it everyday, all day long.
I can still smell the leather of my glove and feel the stitches of the ball on my fingers. I can smell the freshly mowed grass of the outfield and I can still remember the wonderful crack of my wooden bat when I got a hold of a fastball on the barrel and watched it travel over the fence. Man those were great days. In the movie “Moneyball” Brad Pit, who plays the Oakland A’s GM Billy Beane, says “How can you not be romantic about baseball?” I could not agree more.
It was my life’s dream to play in the major leagues. I wanted to wear the uniform of two teams, the New York Yankees and the St. Louis Cardinals. I just was not good enough to play major league baseball. And because of a bad arm at the age of 17 I put down my bat and glove for good. I would go on to play softball but it wasn’t the same as facing a Nolan Ryan fastball. I wonder if I would have felt my knees shake in fear had I gotten that opportunity. But that is not what God had in store for me.
After I became a Christian and I started to understand what God meant by giving us the desire of our heart, it became more and more apparent it was about my desire melding with His desire. My second love was fishing and I found out God wanted me to become a fisherman. Not of bass or trout or even sailfish but of souls. He wanted me to be a fisher of men just like Peter.
I still love to fish for fish and I still hold a love for baseball but my true love is to see people’s lives changed and transformed for eternity for Christ. What is the desire of your heart?