June 16-Brevity

June 16-Brevity

June 16: Brevity


Scripture Lesson: 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11


On this date in 1993, in his first Major League at bat, Marlins catcher Mitch Lyden hit a home run off Jose Bautista in the team’s 6-4 loss to the Cubs. The second inning dinger would be the only home run in his brief career, however. Lyden would play in only six games with 10 at bats and three hits.


In today’s text, Paul addresses a problem that had arisen with the Thessalonians. They expected Jesus to return soon, and some of them had quit their jobs in anticipation of the event. Paul told them that no one could know the timing of Jesus’ return, but it would be like a thief in the night. Paul reminded them, and would remind us today that we must live every day as if Jesus was returning in the next moment. We don’t know how long we have on this earth or how much time we have until Jesus returns. We must live in the light as His children, encouraging and building up others. We don’t know how much time we have, so we must make the most of every moment.

  1. If we knew Jesus was coming back in an hour, what would we do?

  2. Should we not do just that right now? Why or why not?

  3. How can we encourage and build up our teammates and coaches?

Lyden’s career was indeed very brief. I am sure he will always remember that one and only home run. May we all make memories of serving God by encouraging and building up others!


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