December 17-The Right Way
Scripture Lesson: Matthew 5:6
Today is the birthday of Cal Ripken Sr, longtime Minor League and Major League manager and coach in the Baltimore Orioles organization. Some of his prize pupils were his sons Cal and Billy, along with Hall of Famers Eddie Murray and Jim Palmer. Ripken was a proponent of the Orioles Way which consisted of hard work, professionalism, and a strong understanding of the fundamentals of the game. Ripken said, “The game of baseball is made up of many little things. If we do the little things right we will never have a big thing to worry about.” Since his death in 1999, no Orioles player has worn his number 7, although the number has not been officially retired.
Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount reminds us if we hunger and thirst for righteousness we will be filled with righteousness. We will be blessed when we strive to live our lives the right way. We have to want to live the right way as much as we want to eat and drink. It must be as important as anything we do to sustain our lives. What a wonderful promise from our Lord!
1. How do we live the right way?
2. How important is righteousness in our lives today?
3. How much do we desire to live our lives with righteousness?
Blessings come our way when we desire to live God’s way with all of our being? Just how hungry and thirsty are we for right living today?