Living On A Full-Count

“You have two strikes; You are living on a full-count.”
That’s what a Father told his son in the movie, “Fences.” Holli and I watched “Fences” last night. The movie stars Denzel Washington playing the role of Troy Maxson, a sanitation worker in 1950’s Pittsburgh. Troy is bitter because he missed out on his dream of playing Major League Baseball and he creates tension in his family when he blocks his sons opportunity to meet a college football recruiter.
In one scene, he’s arguing with his son. He tells him, “That’s two strikes!” implying he’s about to be kicked out of the house. Then, he says, “You’re living on a full-count!”
All of us are living on a full-count but thank the Lord, we have a . gracious umpire. In the event you aren’t familiar with the phrase, “full-count,” it’s a baseball phrase that means you have three balls and two strikes. You are one-pitch away from being out.
“Living on a full count” means we have made mistakes.
“Living on a full count” means we have some flaws. We have sinned.
“Living on a full count” is a tough way to live… Just one more mistake and we are out.        I don’t know about you, but I’ve struck out lots of times. But, thank the Lord we have Jesus for our umpire and even though we strike out, He says, “Come bat again, Christian… I’m going to give you another chance.”
Maybe there is someone you know who needs another chance at the plate. Maybe you have called them out and you don’t want them to have another chance. Jesus has given you another chance, friend; why not give them another chance?
I John 1:9 says, “If you confess your sins, Jesus is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
You may have two strikes, but thank the Lord we have Jesus as our umpire.

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