Down from the Grandstands

DSC_0042, originally uploaded by Shirley Buxton.

Jackie Robinson said it: “Life is not a spectator sport. If you’re going to spend your whole life in the grandstand just watching what goes on, in my opinion, you’re wasting your life.”

I loved it when I read that, and I thought of Jesus as He went through the countryside and selected people to work with Him. He called them into the fray, “leave your nets…leave your families…leave the grandstands…come follow me. Heal the sick, cast out devils…take up your cross. Be lively, now. Don’t hesitate…don’t look back.”

The grandstand is not a place for us, the disciples of Christ. Never will we be content to slouch around, maintain a quiet, cool, observing only existence. No, we’re called to plunge headlong into the river of life…to heal the sick…to cast out devils…to wave an arm of encouragement…to gather up the fallen…to point the way to Jesus…to live overcoming, dynamic victorious lives.

Hey! Is that you up there in the grandstand? Get yourself down here and join up with us. There’s lots to do.


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About Shirley Buxton

Still full of life and ready to be on the move, Shirley at 78 years old feels blessed to have lots of energy and to be full of optimism. She has been married to Jerry for 60 years. They have 4 children, 12 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren...all beautiful and highly intelligent--of course. :)
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2 Responses to Down from the Grandstands

  1. Ace says:

    Amen….this writing was a tremendous blessing and a reminder that “Faith without works is dead!”

  2. Shirley says:

    Hello, Ace. Welcome. Your scripture reference is perfect…gotta have the faith…gotta keep working, too.

    come again,

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