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This video is a little old, but just came to our attention. A defining moment in South Africa’s history wasn’t an uprising or a coups. It was the formation of a soccer league by political prisoners during apartheid. These same men who lost their freedom but found hope in a game they loved, would go on to govern the new South Africa. It’s a beautiful demonstration of what sports reveals about the human spirit.

“The skill of winning is exceeded by the need to master the skill of losing. If you don’t learn what to take from loss, you’ll never win.”Rick Carlisle

“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit…”Psalms 34:18

Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle is a great friend to Faith In The Game, texting us often with thoughts for the day. They’ll be shared periodically on this blog. Here is today’s:

“The Spirit produces the fruit of love, joy, peace and patience.” — Galatians 5:22

If you find patience hard to give, you might ask this question: How infiltrated are you with God’s patience? You’ve heard about it. Read about it. Perhaps underlined Bible verses regarding it. But have you received it? The proof is in your patience. Patience deeply received results in patience freely offered.

God does more than demand patience from us; He offers it to us.

Make a difference today.

Love,

Clint

Vanity Insanity — by Ben Petrick

I recently traveled back to Nashville for a Parkinson’s fundraising event, put on by Brent Pederson, a former NHL hockey player and coach that has Parkinson’s disease.  He now holds a position in the Nashville Predators front office.  The team, along with their foundation, helped Brent put this annual event on.  There were 940 people there supporting both foundations and they raised over $300,000 at the event.  I was honored to give a short speech about my story and former NBA player Brian Grant shared some words as well. 

I’m more than happy to participate in these types of events. While I wasn’t born to be a public speaker — and my Parkinson’s–induced mumble doesn’t help the matter — I am improving.  Events like this one give me hope that through increased fundraising, science and technology will continue to improve and research will one day find a way to eradicate Parkinson’s disease all together. 

When I retired from baseball seven years ago, it seemed like a nice idea that I would become a spokesperson for Parkinson’s research.  The reality, though, is that as my symptoms grew worse, all I wanted to do was retreat. We tend to romanticize struggle in our country. Scrappiness and grit a part of the American fabric. But the fact is that struggle is a process, and deciding to turn into the wind rather than away from it takes time.

In my case, my history as a standout athlete created an enormous conflict in me. On one hand, it gave me a platform above and beyond most Parkinson’s patients. On the other, vanity is part and parcel of being an athlete — at least it was for me.

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Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle is a great friend to Faith In The Game, texting us often with thoughts for the day. They’ll be shared periodically on this blog. Here is today’s:

“Where God’s love is, there is no fear, because God’s perfect love drives out fear.” — 1 John 4:18

We fear rejection so we follow the crowd. We fear not fitting in. We fear to blend in. We fear sleeping alone. We fear not being loved. We fear we’re not good enough. But God flushes those fears. Those saturated in God’s love don’t sell out to win the love of others. They don’t even sell out to win the love of God.

“We all need improvement, but don’t need to woo God’s love. We change because we already have God’s love. God’s perfect love.” — Max Lucado

Make a difference today.

Love,

Clint