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Daily Devotional: Thursday, May 25 - A Slide For God's Kingdom

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” — Romans 8:28

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It was Oct. 14, 1992. The Pittsburgh Pirates held a 2-1 lead against the Atlanta Braves in the bottom of the ninth inning in Game 7 of the National League Championship Series. The Braves had loaded the bases with a trip to the World Series on the line.

Then, a ball was driven to left field — one runner scored and the second turned for home. A play at the plate, a call of “safe!” from the umpire, and Atlanta erupted in celebration.

That second runner is named Sid Bream. Not a superstar, not even a Hall of Famer. But he became a Christian public speaker who shares his story and the love of Jesus Christ with churches, youth groups and schools all across America. And he says on his website that this historic slide is the baseball memory that means the most to him.

Without “The Slide,” Bream would not have a name that would bring in audiences. But God knew that one play in his career would open the door to share the Gospel with many Braves fans, and yes, even Pirates fans as well. Bream has been obedient to Christ and faithful to share the Gospel in those opportunities.

We never know what God will do in our lives; even one momentary circumstance can open up doors to share the love of Jesus with whosoever will listen.

You see, God used Bream’s famous slide to win the most important thing: hearts for Jesus. Just remember that all things, good or bad, could open up a door for us to tell a story about the One who opened that door. And that is Jesus Christ!

— Shon Cunningham

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