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Valuing the Home Run

Published on July 11, 2017 | By

New York Yankees' rookie outfielder, Aaron Judge, is taking over baseball right now. He’s leading the majors in home runs, he won the Home Run Derby last night, he made a hilarious appearance on The Tonight Show, and he’ll be playing in the All-Star game tonight

During the Derby, he hit four home runs over 500 feet when the rest of the competition didn't hit any that far. Judge also became the third player to be the leader in homers at the All-Star Break and win a Derby, joining Mark McGwire and Ken Griffey Jr. as the only others to do so.

Home runs have always been a big deal, but this year they seem to be getting a lot of attention with guys across the MLB hitting them at a very high rate. In June, batters had 1,101 home runs, which was the most for any month in baseball history.

There are theories for why this increase is happening. In a recent New York Times article, Billy Eppler (general manager for the Los Angeles Angels and former Yankees assistant) said he wasn't surprised at the "rapid evolution" because of what Alex Rodriguez once told him: 

"If you can articulate what you value, and what you’re looking for, players of this caliber of athleticism can turn themselves into it. It’s kind of standing the test of time, where guys know that runs are valuable, and the ones that have the capability to do it — meaning the strength — are lifting the ball a little bit more and putting more balls in the seats."
 I believe this truth about baseball players valuing the home run and becoming home run hitters can also translate to how we place value in our own lives. As we inspect our hearts and determine what’s most important to us, we will see a correlation to what we’re becoming.

If we value being a faithful spouse, a loving parent, and a reliable worker, then we will do what it takes to become those things. Just like baseball players know that runs are valuable, and have the strength to hit them, we too have the strength to turn ourselves into what we value.

However, I think that can only happen in the right way when we first value God and rely on His power above our own.

If we place our ultimate value and importance on loving and serving God and following Jesus, then we can become a faithful spouse, a loving parent, and a reliable worker.

We can clearly see the MLB values the home run. When we view our own lives, what do we value? Do we value God enough to place everything else as secondary?

In Matthew 13:44 (ESV), Jesus uses a parable of the hidden treasure to shed light on valuing the kingdom of heaven: “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field."

Today, are we willing to give up everything else in order to place our highest value on God and His kingdom?

I’m Bryce Johnson and you can unpack that!

PRAYER: Heavenly Father, I know I place value on certain things that don’t really matter. Please help me place the most value on bringing You glory and following Jesus, so that I can become more like Him, and serve You more effectively. I pray this in Jesus’ name, Amen.

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