Wow! This is my first post. I’ve never done this before, but at 66 years of age, I’ve had a lifetime of firsts.
I remember my first baseball game. It was a disaster. I struck out because I had my eyes closed when I was batting, scared the ball was going to kill me. That probably was due to my brother who pitched to me, but hit me just to have fun. I remember picking up a ground ball, throwing it to first base and getting the runner out. Wow! I felt like I had just won the World Series.
I remember my first sermon. People didn’t know it, but they were just about to hear the next Billy Graham. I had rehearsed the sermon many times and timed it at about 30 minutes each time.
It was going to be awesome. The day came to preach. I was excited. I got up to preach and preached the entire sermon. But it went faster than I thought. I was finished in 7 minutes. What happened? I didn’t know what to do, so I preached it again. Second time it only lasted 5 minutes, so I ended it.
After the sermon, people raved over my preaching. I felt great, but didn’t realize that they thought the sermon was so great because it lasted only 12 minutes. People have never heard a bad sermon.
This blog is short. Ever read a bad short blog? Maybe this is the first.
How about you? Do you remember any of your firsts? What do you remember?
You might remember your first piano recital, your first day in school, your first speech in a speech class or your first date.
Maybe you remember your excitement, your fears, your successes and failures, or your “fans” (probably family) cheering you on.
As you reminisce in recalling your firsts in life, do three things.
1) Be thankful for the opportunity you had in trying something for the first time.
2) Be thankful for the changes in your life that can only happen when you begin something. You might have grown into an accomplished pianist who stumbled in your first recital. But you kept playing. Congratulations. You pressed on and grew.
3) Be thankful for others that you can encourage who are doing something for the first time. Remember that Billy Graham had a first sermon, Michael Jordan scored a first basket, Moriah Carey recorded a first song, or John Grisham wrote a first novel. When you encourage someone today, you might be encouraging the next person who makes some valuable contribution to our world.
Have fun as you remember your firsts, but also as you help others as they experience the thrill of their first.