An avid baseball fan was sitting next to a priest during a baseball game. Aware of the need to speak religiously, the fan did his best to speak of Godly things.
A player came to bat, and before stepping to the plate, bowed his head in prayer and made the sign of the cross. On the first pitch he hit the ball over the bleachers and out of the park.
On his next trip to the plate, he followed the same routine: he bowed his head and made the sign of the cross. On the first pitch he hit another home run. Amazed, the man turned to the priest and asked, “Does prayer always work like that?”
“It does,” said the priest, “if you can hit!”
We must always remember that God has given each of us unique skills, talents and abilities. And we must also remember that we are responsible to develop our gifts to the best of our ability. Then ask God to bless them as we seek to honor Him.
Prayer: May we always remember, Lord, that You will not do for us what we can do for ourselves. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: James 2:17 Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.