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  • Cal Lord: Win your own Triple Crown through faith

  • It struck me that it is also true in trying to live the life of faith. Most of us have been able to harness one or two aspects of our faith at any given moment. If you think of the Triple Crown of faithful living as prayer and devotions, praise and worship, and outreach and service, you quickly realize that spending a lot of energy in one area may very well diminish the time we spend in another area.

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  • It has been 45 years since someone has won the Triple Crown in baseball. It is one of the most challenging feats for hitters in the sport.
    To earn it, the hitter must lead his league in batting average, home runs and RBIs. It has only been done 14 times since 1900. The last man to do it was Carl Yastrzemski of the Boston Red Sox. The other names on the list are legendary.
    This year, one of my Detroit Tigers added his name to the list. Miguel Cabrera led the American League in all three of the categories as the 2012 season ended.
    I am a sports fan, and even if it wasn’t one of “my guys,” I would be excited that history was about to be made. There is something noteworthy about a person who puts it all together to do something very few have done before. We stand in awe of Joe Dimaggio’s 56-game hitting streak in 1941, Eric Dickerson’s 2,105 rushing yards in 1984 and Affirmed’s Triple Crown win in horse racing in 1978. It takes determination, concentration and a lot of perspiration to reach such lofty heights.
    It struck me that it is also true in trying to live the life of faith. Most of us have been able to harness one or two aspects of our faith at any given moment. If you think of the Triple Crown of faithful living as prayer and devotions, praise and worship, and outreach and service, you quickly realize that spending a lot of energy in one area may very well diminish the time we spend in another area.
    The key to achieving the best results is to maintain balance in each area. Jesus said it best when he said the greatest commandment was to love the lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength and with all your mind, and to love your neighbor as yourself. When you keep your eyes on God and join him as he reaches out to meet the needs of others, you will be on target for your own Triple Crown.
    Baseball season may be just about over, but it is always a new season for you and me. Batter up!
    God bless. See you in church.
    The Rev. Cal Lord is a Norwich resident and serves as pastor at Central Baptist Church of Westerly. Reach him at calstigers@gmail.com.
     
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