For all you Nat’s fans out there, today is the season opener!  I know you’re excited. Very excited. Good for you!

Truthfully, if I never saw another baseball, basketball or football game, I would not suffer.  My family knows this about me; my boyfriend-now-husband suspected the truth after tickets to the Dallas/Redskins game failed to impress.  He knew the truth when I pulled out a paperback at Fenway Park.

For years, I have tried to understand and enjoy the intricacies of team sports — really I have — but I am a complete and utter failure. I feel like Dr. Seuss; “I do not like green eggs and ham. I do not like them, Sam-I-am!”

But, I do not want to choose between the truth that I have absolutely no interest in sports and the love that I have for my in-house sports fanatics.  Nope, don’t wanna.  I want truth and love to happily co-exist.  So for the foreseeable future, I will soldier on, actually enjoying ESPN 30 for 30 documentaries, choosing who to root for based on the best helmet or jersey design and asking really dumb questions during games.

In honor of my truth/love sports dilemma and the start of baseball season, I’d like to share what brilliant yet understandable Christian apologist, Vince Vitale, thinks about Truth and Love.  He leads off with a true story of five time World Series champion, Yankees’ shortstop, Derek Jeter.  (and yes, I had to ask the hubby what position he played)

Read it here: Truth or Love: What’s Your Choice?

OR watch and listen here:

(I’m grateful to my CBS friend, Jennie Jang, for alerting me to Vince’s post.)

Rooted in Truth Scriptures:  And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them. Luke 6:31  To read the account Vince spoke about, The Parable of the Prodigal Son, click here.  Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. 1 John 4:8  Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. John 14:6

Growing in Love Application:  People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.  So how can you connect with someone whose beliefs or interests or personality differ from yours?  First try and identify their love language, then attempt to speak it!  We tend to speak to others in our love language, and fall short of communicating our love effectively. Take this Love Language quiz to discover your own primary love language, then pass it on to family and friends and ask them to share their results.  Step out of your comfort zone and be willing to sacrificially love them in the love language they understand.

Great quote: 

“The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult; and left untried.” G.K. Chesterton