by M. Kenneth Lyon

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The Power of Hope (5 of 5)
Series: Ancient Visions--Future Hope
M. Kenneth Lyon
Jeremiah 29:11

You heard me reference baseball with the boys and girls. I remember the story of a passer-by who stumbled across a sandlot baseball game that was going on one late summer afternoon. He struck up a conversation with the young man who was in right field and said, "What's the score?" He said, "They're ahead 54 to nothin'." And the passer-by said, "54 to nothing? And you haven't called the ball game? Aren't you discouraged?" And he said, "Naw, we ain't had our turn at bat yet." I mean, you know that's confidence. That's a positive kind of attitude, isn't it?

And I'm one of those people who loves, absolutely loves, positive attitudes. You know those motivational tapes? Boy, I just listen to those, and if you've got one you want me to hear, I'll be glad to put it in my car as I'm going from place to place and listen to it. Just don't give me the original because my machine tends to eat tapes so just make a copy and bring it. I love those motivational tapes. I love a positive attitude. You'll get further in life with it than you will without it. But sometimes we know life gets pretty tough even for a positive attitude. Last night I was watching the Panther ball game and I was kind of wishing that we really had somebody on our team like Walter Peyton. Walter Peyton was such an outstanding football player. Do you know in his career he gained over 9 miles rushing on the football field? It averaged out to a little more than 4.6 yards a carry. That's a phenomenal record. But think about it this way. That means that every 4.6 yards, somebody knocked him down. Now when you really think about that some of you sitting there saying, "Well, that's about right 'cause about every 4.6 yards, I feel like somebody's knocked me down." Life gets pretty tough. We sometimes feel like that none too bright javelin thrower who won the coin toss and elected to receive. You do get the po ...

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