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Penelope Potter Ss.T

DROPPING THE BALL

For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief


"Good morning children."

"GOOD MORNING MISS POTTER!"

"Is everyone ready to begin their Sunday School lesson for today?"

"YES, MISS POTTER!"

"Very good. Then we will begin. Today's lesson is about, ... is about. Billy? Are you all right? You have your head down as if you're not feeling well."

"Who? Me? I'm ok, I guess, sorta."

"You don't sound so certain Billy. Tell me what's bothering you."

"It's kinda' like I said Miss Potter. I mean, I feel ok and all but, but...."

"But what Billy? You can tell us. Sometimes it makes us feel better just sharing what's bothering us. Give it a try."

"Well, it's just that I can't play baseball too good Miss Potter. I play on my Peewee team and I drop the ball all the time and the kids make fun of me. I wish I could play better. I said it Miss Potter, but I still don't feel so good."

"You say the other children make fun of you? You mean your team mates Billy?"

"Yeah, sometimes. But mostly the kids that's watching us play. They mostly make fun of me. And that makes me drop the ball more. I don't like dropping the ball Miss Potter. I wish I didn't drop the ball."

"You say you're on a team? That sounds to me as if you must be a pretty good player if they continue to let you play even though you drop the ball. I wouldn't worry too much what those who aren't playing think Billy. You're in there playing the game. The ones watching and making fun of you aren't even trying."

"Miss Potter? I watched Billy play baseball. He plays real good. I mean, he drops the ball sometimes, but he throws real good and he's a good batter. You're a good batter Billy. That's a good thing."

"Thank you Sandra. That's good. Is there anyone else who'sseen Billy play baseball who would like to say something encouraging to Billy?"

"I do Miss Potter. I got something to say."

"Yes Mike, what words of encouragement do you have for Billy?"

"You stink Billy. I mean, you really stink at baseball. You run good, but you don't do no good at all with a baseball."

"I'm afraid your words to Billy weren't all that encouraging Mike. Billy, did you know there are some big league players in the Bible who have dropped the ball and went on to become great?"

"There are Miss Potter? I didn't know they played baseball in the Bible. Did they play on the Cardinals or the Red Sox? Did Jesus play baseball?"

"No Billy, I don't think so. I didn't mean they actually played baseball, but they did make some big mistakes and then they got right back on the horse and tried again until they attained victory. Do you understand what I'm saying Billy."

"I think so Miss Potter. Did they have cowboys in the Bible? Did they do trick riding like in the rodeo? I don't ride a horse Miss Potter. I play baseball, I don't need to get back up on a horse or anything like that."

"No Billy. I mean they made mistakes and they picked themselves up and got back in the race. I'll give you some examples. You know about David don't you? The shepherd boy who slew a lion and fought the giant?"

"Did he ride a horse Miss Potter? I didn't know he falled off a horse. Did he hurt himself?"

"You don't understand what I'm trying to tell you Billy. I mean, David, as strong and as brave as he was made some big mistakes when he was grown up and king of his country. But when he learned about his mistakes, he asked God's forgiveness, and he went on with his life. Do you understand now Billy?"

"I think so Miss Potter. But I drop baseballs. Do I got to ask God to forgive me when I drop baseballs? Is dropping baseballs a sin?"

"No Billy. Here, let me try another example. You know about Sampson don't you?"

"You mean that big strong guy? Yeh, I saw him in a movie. But I didn't see him drop any balls."

"He didn't drop any baseballs Billy, but he did make some very big mistakes, and when he regained his strength, he made up for those mistakes. Mistakes teach us lessons Billy. Mistakes are a part of our learning process."

"But I already know how to drop baseballs Miss Potter. I don't need to learn how."

"Let me try another example Billy. Do you know about Peter, the disciple who was with Jesus?"

"Yeah, I think so, He's the guy who told on Jesus and got Him in trouble isn't he? Did he play baseball?"

"I believe you're thinking of Judas, Billy, but yes, Peter did a very bad thing and he felt very, very bad for what he did. Then, when he was given the opportunity, he made up for his mistake and he learned something about himself from his mistakes. What's important is not so much what we do or what we don't do, what is most important is what we learn from our errors, and what we do about them. Do you understand now what I'm trying to tell you Billy?"

"I guess so Miss Potter, maybe, kinda. But I don't know what I'm supposed to learn about dropping baseballs except maybe I ought to learn how ride a horse or something like that."




16For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief. (Prov 24:)

3Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him. 4And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent; thou shalt forgive him. (Luke 17:)

5Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent. (Rev 2:)


 

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