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“Best Rain Delay Ever!”


Chicago’s Anthony Rizzo, right, celebrated with Jason Heyward after scoring in the 10th inning. Credit Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

At the end of the 9th inning, cued by radar that showed an incoming storm cell, the ground crew chief made the decision to call a rain delay. With the score tied at 6 and the game going into extra innings, he wanted to make sure that weather would not be the deciding factor in this heart pounding, nail biter of a game. The 7th game of the World Series, no less.

So he called the rain delay and as the ground crew began to tarp the field, the Chicago Cubs players headed to the dugout. News soon began to spread. Right fielder, Jason Heyward had called a players only meeting.

As the rain began to fall the players gathered in the equipment room to stir each other up, refocus, and prepare. The rain delay was only expected to last around 45 minutes, so it was understood – this game would be completed this night.

As you probably know, when the delay was over the Cubs came out focused and poised and initiated a 2 run rally against Pitcher Bryan Shaw. Ben Zobrist scored pinch runner Albert Almora Jr. with an RBI double, then Miguel Montero followed with an RBI single to score what proved to be the winning run.

During the bottom of the 10th the Indians were able to score 1 more run, but ultimately fell short. To the absolute delight of the most patient and loyal fan base in all of baseball, the Chicago Cubs were finally World Champions!

As the post game interviews were conducted an interesting phrase began to circulate from the Cubs players. “Best Rain Delay Ever”

“What does that mean?” asked one of the interviewers. They then shared about the meeting Jason Heyward had called and how pivotal it was to them.

When they finally interviewed Heyward they asked him “A lot of players are saying the meeting you called during the rain delay was huge. Why did you call that meeting? What did you say?”

Cub’s right fielder, Jason Heyward

Heyward’s answer? “I had to remind them who they were.”

Did you catch that? He had to remind them who they were.

Here’s the point. When things get crazy it’s important for champions to remember who they are.
And if you are in Christ, here’s a fact that is indisputable. You are a champion – after all, you have the Greatest Of All Time living on the inside of you!

So when things get crazy, call a meeting and remind yourself of who you are. (see below for a detailed list of who you are In Christ, courtesy of ficm.org)
When you see your brother or sister faltering, do not hesitate to remind them of who they are. Take a moment to renew your mind to the truth while you are going through the fire.

You are a champion – believe it and remember it. Sometimes that’s all it takes!


If you are a Christian, then the statements below are true of you. If you are not a follower of Christ and would like to know more, click here…
I am accepted…
John 1:12 I am God’s child.
John 15:15 As a disciple, I am a friend of Jesus Christ.
Romans 5:1 I have been justified.
1 Corinthians 6:17 I am united with the Lord, and I am one with Him in spirit.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 I have been bought with a price and I belong to God.
1 Corinthians 12:27 I am a member of Christ’s body.
Ephesians 1:3-8 I have been chosen by God and adopted as His child.
Colossians 1:13-14 I have been redeemed and forgiven of all my sins.
Colossians 2:9-10 I am complete in Christ.
Hebrews 4:14-16 I have direct access to the throne of grace through Jesus Christ.

I am secure…
Romans 8:1-2 I am free from condemnation.
Romans 8:28 I am assured that God works for my good in all circumstances.
Romans 8:31-39 I am free from any condemnation brought against me and I cannot be separated from the love of God.
2 Corinthians 1:21-22 I have been established, anointed and sealed by God.
Colossians 3:1-4 I am hidden with Christ in God.
Philippians 1:6 I am confident that God will complete the good work He started in me.
Philippians 3:20 I am a citizen of heaven.
2 Timothy 1:7 I have not been given a spirit of fear but of power, love and a sound mind.
1 John 5:18 I am born of God and the evil one cannot touch me.

I am significant…
John 15:5 I am a branch of Jesus Christ, the true vine, and a channel of His life.
John 15:16 I have been chosen and appointed to bear fruit.
1 Corinthians 3:16 I am God’s temple.
2 Corinthians 5:17-21 I am a minister of reconciliation for God.
Ephesians 2:6 I am seated with Jesus Christ in the heavenly realm.
Ephesians 2:10 I am God’s workmanship.
Ephesians 3:12 I may approach God with freedom and confidence.
Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me.

 


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