The prize of the New York Yankees, first baseman, Henry Louis “Lou” Gehrig (June 19, 1903 – June 2, 1941), still holds the record for the most grand slams and until 1969, held the record for the most consecutive games played (2,130). Just google his name and find his legendary record for yourself.
At the height of his fame and success, he was diagnosed with what we now call Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS). In the movie about his life, his farewell speech to his fans ended with this statement.
‘Today, I consider myself the luckiest man in the world.’
This guy just lost everything that made him what he was, yet he called himself lucky. If that happened to us would we say that? How would we react?
Let’s not wait till it happens to find out. Job had his troubles too, but centuries later, James said this about him.
James 5:11-As you know, we count as blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job’s perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy (NIV).
Prayer: Lord, help us choose to believe in you when times are good, but especially when they are bad, no matter what. In Christ’s name. Amen.