Taking a little break on Saturday afternoon, I flipped through the channels on the TV hoping that the Tampa Bay Rays would magically appear back on Frontier. (I am perturbed about Frontier’s business decision and making it sound like it’s in my best interest — bad form. So I’m trying to build some consensus in the Wismer household about taking a stance. I’ll let you know how that goes.) But still no Rays. However, the Cardinals were playing the Pirates.  Watching baseball is only slightly more exciting than watching golf and watching golf is only slightly more exciting than watching curling. I am not going to bore you with any details about the game but the announcers, filling time as a pinch hitter was being announced, told a story of sorts about Tony La Russa. Well, it more about one of his sayings. Tony La Russa, a Hall of Famer and 3 time world champion manager, would preach about always being ready to hit.  The announcers talked about the limited opportunities a hitter has and the importance of being ready to hit when you walk into the batter’s box. Ironically, the pinch hitter watched the belt high, right down the middle of the plate fast ball go by as if he was not ready to hit. Point vividly made.
I started thinking about “being ready” and how important that is in my daily life. Being ready to listen, being ready to care, being ready to give, being ready to react – just being ready to… for whatever occurs. I’m not talking about a hypervigilance kind of readiness that makes you more anxious and less attentive. It’s more like a realization that if I’m ready, I have opportunities to respond in a Christ-like way. “Being ready to…” forces me to elevate the occasions that I experience during the day to make a meaningful or even a slight difference in someone’s life.
We invite you to always be ready to be more Christ-like. It matters and you will make a difference.

Scripture Reading: Hebrews 13:1-2
“Let mutual love continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it.”

Reflection Questions:
How do you define hospitality?
How are you living Christ-like?
What kind of difference are you making?

Holy God, let me receive the invitation to be ready and open my spirit to embody hospitality so your presence can be known and a difference can be made.  Let me be one who enjoys entertaining Your beloved. Amen.

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