Don't Let Discouragers Stop You

"Then the peoples around them set out to discourage the people of Judah and make them afraid to go on building." - Ezra 4:4

In 1984, Jim Morris was a first round draft choice to become a major league baseball player. His dream was derailed by a series of debilitating arm injuries before he retired in 1988. Jim got married, raised a family of three, and got his college degree before becoming a high school science teacher and baseball coach in a financially depressed area of West Texas. His baseball career was reduced to playing in beer leagues and throwing batting practice to his high school baseball team.

In 1999, at the age of 35 and some 11 years after retiring from minor league baseball, Jim was giving a speech to his high school team about the importance of dreams and hard work when his high school players challenged him to pursue his dream of pitching in the major leagues. Jim made the following bet with his high school team: if they won the District Championship for their division, he would tryout for the first major league team that came thru town. The team won the championship, but Jim's father discouraged him, as did others in his hometown, about returning to baseball.

Though he had a strong arm, few people in his town, outside of Jim and his team, believed he could pitch in the major leagues. But later that same year, Jim Morris became the oldest rookie when he pitched for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. This amazing story was retold in the movie "The Rookie".

Don't let anyone discourage you from what God has called you to do. Today in prayer, ask the Lord for a clear vision of His will for you and follow it with all of your heart.

"A clear cut vision of what God wants you to do can survive under the pressures of discouragers." - Marilyn Murphree

God's Word: "Then you will have success if you are careful to observe the decrees and laws that the Lord gave Moses for Israel. Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged." - 1 Chronicles 22:13

By Peter Kennedy, Copyright 2005, Devotional E-Mail DEVOTIONS IN EZRA, NEHEMIAH, AND ESTHER

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