February 4: Openness

I witnessed an event yesterday that I desired to write about this morning.  However,  last night I read about Josh Hamilton’s relapse and some peoples comments on an ESPN blog that I decided I wanted to write about his relapse and his openness.

When I read about his relapse and his quick response to the press, I was reminded about several verses from Galatians 1: 1-3 “Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. For if anyone thinks he is something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. (ESV)

I have grown to really like Josh Hamilton.  I am a huge Texas Rangers fan and watching him grow into his role for the Rangers has been exciting.  Even more so, I realize that he is living out his faith in Jesus Christ each and every day.  And when he has fallen, he has taken ownership and has asked for forgiveness from his family and fans.

Last year, Josh threw a baseball up to a little boy and and his dad reached over the railing to catch the ball, he fell and died.  I can’t begin to imagine the hurt that Josh and his family must have felt through that situation.  I think Nolan Ryan and the Rangers did a great job considering the hurt that family went through, even to this day.  I was sitting in the stadium last fall for the first playoff game when the little boy threw out the first pitch.  The emotions when Josh caught that pitch were electrifying.  It is a scene that I will cherish for a long time.

I have no idea the demons that Josh faces each and every day, but in some respect we all have those same demons trying to cause us to stumble and fall.  Due to Josh’s history, he must walk a tight rope each and every day.  After I read about Josh’s relapse (on Facebook, where else!?) I went to my Twitter account to see if his wife (who I follow) had said anything, and of course she had.

Both of them faced this situation head on.  I admire them for their ability to do this.  Too often as Christians, we face our demons alone.  I know I have and still do in many respects.  Galatians offers us some sage advice to help one another bear those burdens.

Through Josh’s relapse I pray that he will find victory over those demons, his family become even closer than it appears they are now and may Jesus Christ receive the glory.  I, like many others, will pray for Josh, his wife and his family.  That’s what the family of God should do.

4 thoughts on “February 4: Openness

  1. well put joe. so courageous to fall and then expose that failure publicly. may we as christians strive to restore any brother/sister in a spirit of gentlenss…i think because we often do not do that is a main reason people hide their struggles and failures from the “church” family…we are often less compassionate and more judgmental than the “barstool” friends people turn to

  2. I think too often we are afraid of what our “friends” will do with the info we share… like gossip, etc that we learn to put up a barrier and never share. I have learned though that true friends will listen and pray and hold me accountable. I agree that the “barstool” friend is far less judgmental and that is why it is so easy to share with them. I am praying God’s word over Josh and truly appreciate his openness to this situation.

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