Aug 12, 2007

Vail Vision August 12, 2007

From one generation to the next...

Well he finally did it. On Tuesday night, Barry Bonds broke Hank Aarons 33-year record for career home runs. In the fifth inning, Bonds slugged a 3-2 pitch from the Washington Nationals' Mike Bacsik. The ball flew deep into right-centerfield at the Giant's AT&T Park. As he rounded the bases and crossed home plate he was met by his godfather, hall-of-famer and Giants great Willie Mays and his seventeen-year old batboy son, Nikolai.

Of course this record is not without scandal. It appears that during his career, Barry had a little help from Mr. Pharmaceutical man. But the fans in the stadium didn't seem to care. They were ecstatic to see history being made.

My favorite quote came from Mike Bascik, pitcher for the Washington Nationals. When asked about giving up the record-setting pitch he said, "I dreamed about it as a kid, but when I dreamed about it, I was the one hitting the home run and not giving it up,".

Barry grew up in the shadow of two baseball greats: His father, Bobby Bonds and his godfather, Giant's Willie Mays. With two great fathers leading him it appears that he was destined for baseball greatness early on. Sitting at the feet of these two great men, Barry learned what baseball was and what a home run looked like.

It is no surprise that characteristics are passed down from one generation to the next. A great example of this in scripture is Timothy, an apprentice of the Apostle Paul. He too had strong figures in his life, his mother Eunice and his grandmother, Lois. The Bible says that these two women had great faith. Sitting at the feet of these two women, Timothy learned what faith looked like and how it acted. This was passed on to Timothy and God was able to use him to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

One doesn't even need to be blood-related to pass on faith. Look at the Old Testament story of Ruth and Naomi. Naomi watched Ruth deal with the loss of her husband and sons. Sitting at Ruth's feet, Naomi saw what and awesome faith in God she had and chose to follow Him.

We at Christ Lutheran Vail also are passing down faith from one generation to the next. When I see all of the children come up front for the Children's message or I see our teens meet on Friday night for Bible Study, I rejoice. Because it's not just Mom and Dad passing along faith to the next generation, but each of us are. The next generation is sitting at our feet learning who God is and what faith looks like. And I believe that like Barry Bonds, they will break records sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ in ways that we could only have dreamed of.

Blessings,

Pastor David Hook