Reading: Proverbs 16:19-20
Parents: “Sacrifice Hits” was written by Howard J. Chidley and published in 1914 in his book, Fifty-Two Story Talks to Boys and Girls. It is now out of print but available free online.
I hope that all you boys play baseball, and that many of you are on baseball teams. If you are, I suppose you know what is meant by a sacrifice hit.
It is called a “sacrifice hit” when the score is close and a player comes to the bat, and, although he would like to make a run, nevertheless, for the sake of the man on the base, he makes a “bunt,” so that, while the pitcher or shortstop runs up to get the ball and put him out on first base, the man on the bases may make another base.
You see, then, that instead of making what is called a “grand-stand play” he just gives up his own glory for the sake of his team.
Did you ever think that your parents are constantly making “sacrifice hits” for you? Whenever your mother goes without a new dress in order that you may have a better suit of clothes; whenever your father gives up some pleasure to keep you in school, they are making a sacrifice hit for you.
And after all, boys and girls, that is about the only way the world has ever moved very far ahead. Socrates, an old Greek, made a sacrifice hit when he was put to death in prison with poison, because he wanted to make the young men of Athens wiser. Martin Luther made a sacrifice hit when he went to Worms, although he feared the Pope would kill him. But he was determined to get liberty for the people.
But the biggest sacrifice hit that was ever made was made by Christ when He was crucified on Calvary, in order that the world might know that God was a Father and loved His children.
And every boy and girl who would follow in the footsteps of Christ, and would be strong and noble, must be prepared to make sacrifice hits,–to forget themselves and do things for the sake of others. Jesus said, “I
came not to be ministered unto, but to minister.” And a minister is one who serves, one who makes sacrifice hits
For Further Study:
- Jesus shows us how to be poor in spirit. In Matthew 11:29 He said that He is “gentle and humble in heart” (some versions say He is “meek and lowly” in heart.” Then in John 13 He proved this by washing His disciples’ feet. Would you like to wash the feet of 12 grown men? Read John 13 and pray about having a willing and giving heart like Christ’s.
- Do you know some humble people? Who are the people you know who are always willing to serve and give to others? How can you be more like that?