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A boy on a youth baseball team hadn't been able to make the starting lineup. He may not have been the best fielder or the best hitter on the team, but there was something he had that the other players lacked. Team spirit and willingness.

During a game, the coach thought it was about time to give Billy a little experience. So he walked over to the boy's place on the bench and said, "Billy, would you like to go in and play centerfield?" Billy broke into a big smile, and then said with great sincerity and enthusiasm, "I sure would! Where is it?

Isn't that great? A little short on experience and knowledge of the game, but plenty of desire!

And in the church, sure, most of us don't have all the answers. We don't know everything about the Bible, but that doesn't mean we should not teach. We don't have all the skills of personal evangelism, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't try to lead others to Christ. We may not always know exactly the right thing to say to someone who is hurting or in trouble, but we can show we care and share what wisdom we have

The boy had a good question - "Where is it? Where is that position you want me to play? Let me get my glove, and you show me what to cover and I'll cover it the best I can!" And that should be our question to the Lord each day. "What can I do for You today? Where is my field of service? Where's the need? Where do You want me?"

Oh, sure we need to work on our skills. We need to develop our abilities, and there's no excuse for not doing so. But, isn't there a great need that we be willing to respond to opportunities before us, whatever form they may take?

For His Cause,
Tim Woodward