If you are an Atlanta Braves fan then last night had to be just absolutely special. In a season of tremendous accomplishments there have been individual and team records set and still more to come. But seeing Ronald Acuna reach uncharted heights, holding that historic base he stole for number 70 to go along with 40 plus home runs, then score the winning run - it was an incredible sight!
Yet, some people complained about the way he celebrated.
For those not sports fans I am certain there have been historic nights for you such as the birth of a child, the healing of someone from cancer, a 60th wedding anniversary, or losing 50 pounds. All are relevant and meaningful in the moment and also moments we can look back on and celebrate again.
Yet some would criticize us who had not experienced the same emotions.
Mark chapter 14 gives an account of a most historical event that we often overlook. Jesus was at the house of "Simon the Leper". First of all this was Jesus, going to a house where some dysfunction had happened, because Simon had to have been cured from leprosy, perhaps by Jesus in order to have "normal" folks over. While there a woman poured expensive perfume all over him to the dismay to some of those present.
Jesus answer was classic. This was a once in a lifetime event, he was about to die and this woman recognized his significance as the Messiah. Others looked at the cost not the historical moment. In fact this was a turning point for Judas who then made a bargain to turn Jesus in because he did not think he was the one.
Watching Acuna over these last few years, this is humble dude with once in a lifetime skills to play baseball. The way he celebrates with his teammates is a joy to watch for me. We may never see someone come along and break his records. Others of you may feel the same, some not.
Jesus is obviously much more than a ball player, but it is because we understand the historical significance of his God given gifts and redemptive powers that we are able to celebrate his moments on earth.
Sometimes it takes a leper and an unknown woman to recognize that!
Glenn is an ex-Marine Viet Nam vet who is also a recovering alcoholic, clean and sober for 30 years. He has been involved in start up and ongoing recovery ministry at North Atlanta Church and Campus for the last two decades. He has a passion for outreach and to spread the message that the answer to lasting and fulfilling recovery from addiction is in a relationship with Jesus Christ. He and the ATB team are available to assist in your questions or needs on an individual basis and will do so maintaining complete confidentiality. You may e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.