Oct 29 – Jackie Robinson

Jackie Robinson was the first African-American to play major league baseball. Throughout his decade- long career with the Brooklyn Dodgers., he helped the team win the World Series, in 1955. He retired in 1957, with a career batting average of .311. At one time during his youth, Robinson began to run with a neighborhood gang. In later years he recalled that while he wished for a better life as a boy, he had no idea that a gang was not the way to achieve it. An older friend helped him to realize how he was hurting his mother and himself. Jackie said, “ He told me it didn’t take guts to run with the crowd but it took courage to be willing to be different.” Jackie listened, left the gang, and the rest is history. He traded his wishbone for a backbone. Perhaps you are saying, “ I wish I could lead a different life, I wish I could be a Christian, but its just easier to run with the crowd.” Why not trade your wishbone for a backbone. Like Jackie Robinson did. And why not heed Isaiah’s invitation, to “ seek the Lord while He may be found, call upon Him while He is near.”

Pastor Alex Rockwell