“If you are on the field, you are in the game.” I don’t actually know where I first heard these words, but they have been a life-law since I was in middle school. They are a first principle in liturgy and discipleship. If you are here, you are part of what God is doing in this place.
God has called you into this work, this moment, this church. God has put you on the field where you are. You are in the game.
Who’s team are you on? It really is that simple. Are you making the world a better place? Are you binding up the broken hearted? Are you proclaiming Good News to the poor? Are you forgiving sins? Are you loving your neighbor? Do you belong to Christ or someone else?
In the midst of all the stuff of life, we can convince ourselves that we are on the sidelines, that we are not in the game and so our actions do not matter. But that is not the case. By virtue of your baptism, you are in the game.
The Rev. Daniel P. Richards
Christ Church of the Ascension
Paradise Valley, Arizona