Don't Let God Down

Don't Let God Down

"You are my friends if you do what I command you."—John 15:14

The saddest moment in baseball's long history was not when the mythical Casey swung out with bases loaded. Nor was it when Babe Ruth or Lou Gehrig or Dizzy Dean or Frankie Frisch or Joe Dimaggio or any of the other immortals of baseball history played their last game.

No, the saddest moment in organized baseball was late in 1919. The place was not a ball park but the sidewalk outside the Cook County courthouse in Chicago when a national baseball hero, member of the American League winning Chicago White Sox for that year ( they lost the World Series to Cincinnati), admitted that he had accepted a bribe from a gambler to help lose the series.

Many other players were involved, but this one was the most famous and best loved. As he stepped from inside the courthouse, where he and his teammates had been questioned about the bribes, a small newsboy, one of his idols, stepped up from a group of boys waiting for news and pleaded, "It ain't so, is it, Joe?"

"Yes," he replied. "I guess it is, boys."

Without any evil intent this player let millions of boys down. They thought he could do no wrong. But like all of us, he could and did. Out of the scandals of that World Series came a new setup for professional baseball. Never since has there been any slight hint of crookedness.

We never know how much somebody depends on us for inspiration, help, and guidance. We are never too unimportant to be a good example. And when we do something to let our friends down, it pains them and us deep inside. This is perhaps one of the harshest penalties for wrongdoing—the knowledge that somebody else is hurt.

Connected with the death of Jesus were two men whose hearts broke because they let him down. One was Judas, who for thirty pieces of silver betrayed his Master. When he saw what thing he had done, he killed himself. His own feelings punished him.

The other man was Peter, who said three times he didn't us. After the third time he went out and wept bitterly. udas he made up for his cowardice later by living boldly for Christ. But how much he suffered inside!

Have you ever had a close friend let you down—take sides Yu in school or on the way home, or join other boys or caking you miserable? Most of us know what it's like to be betrayed. It hurts inside. Since we know, we should remember that our actions may hurt other people in the same

God, too, depends on us. He is our greatest friend. Though seem invisible and faraway, he is always near. When other friends move away, he stays. When others leave us, he remains. And he counts on us to be true to him.

Because God is so great, you might think that what we do natter much to him. How can he know or care? We might ask. But he does know. He does care. Jesus told us God knows even the number of hairs on our heads.

Best of all is the willingness of God to give us another chance do wrong. Certainly he is hurt, but he does forgive. Just orgave Peter, so God forgives us.

Don't let your parents and friends down. Keep clean the faith they have in you. And be willing to forgive others when they, too, like all human beings do sometime or other, fail to keep faith with you.

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