Last week while on vacation in northern Minnesota, I seized the opportunity to read the story of Major League Baseball player, Josh Hamilton. If you are not a sports fan as I am, I will fill you in on a few details.
Josh Hamilton was the first overall pick in the 1999 Major League Baseball draft. Multi-talented, he was a masterful pitcher and a talented outfielder with a fantastic arm. His outstanding hitting ability just added to the already enticing package!.
Josh who had been a clean-cut kid, avoiding any appearance of anything that might compromise his baseball career, begans to experiment in alcohol, and eventually, drugs. He openly admits the first night he tried alcohol he knew he was addicted.
His addiction to both drugs and alcohol almost destroyed his life, let alone his career. Many times in treatment, he would complete the course only to find himself back where he began…addicted and using!
The book, so vivdly reveals his desperation…. “In the past, my response to helplessness would have been to use. Using was the all-purpose reaction, good for any occasion, suitable for any emotion. Sad? Use. Happy? Use. Angry? Use. Afraid?Use.”This time, Josh cried out to God in prayer and pled for His mercy and received it. The scripture he found to be his source of strength was: James 4:7 “Humble yourself before God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.’
Thus begins the story of his miraculous journey back from addiction and his return to baseball, the major leagues, and all-star status.
The book describes one relapse Josh had since committing his life to Christ and if you follow him at all you know he has had one since. He acknowledges his mistakes and gets right back to what was able to help him get his life back….God!
I will pray for Josh as he is on such a world stage. I will not get down on him if he falls but lift him up in prayer as I would like people to do when I mess up in life. I believe that God IS enough to bring total freedom from addiction!!!! As one song puts it “….and the saints are just the sinners who fall down and get up..they fall down and get up…they fall down and get up …again.”
We all have short comings and weaknesses. I believe God allows those things in our lives to remind us that our dependency is on him and not ourselves. “I can do all things THROUGH CHRIST who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13
BEYOND BELIEF:finding the strength to come back, was inspiring and amazing. Our God is an awesome God!!!