Friday, December 15, 2017

“Never Look Back”

December 10, 2011 by  
Filed under Daily Manna, Going Global, Monthly Articles

Leroy “Satchel” Paige was one of the first blacks to step into newly-integrated American Major League baseball after world-war-two. His career lasted twenty years, even though he was forty-two years old when it began!

Few batters faced the speed of his pitching with confidence, and they were not helped by his trick of sometimes wiggling his front foot to distract them as he stepped into launching the ball. Sports writers commented that as many batters were struck out by Paige’s left foot as they were by his pitching!

Satchel Paige was the first black player to be honoured in baseball’s Hall of Fame, having lived through the blatant and covert racial prejudice which had caused the formation of separate black and white leagues. But while building his career he also became a legend for his dry wit; living by his simple motto: “Never look back – they might be gaining on you!”

Another of his famous quotes challenged the cynics and encouraged those they targeted:

“No man can help being born average; but any man can help becoming common!”

Paige remains an inspiration for his achievements and for his insights, since we all face challenges while rising above our internal fears and our external pressures – whether we become famous or not.

For in spite of any inner defeatism over past mistakes, immediate hurdles, or others’ suspicions or labels, God invites us to tap into his love and acceptance; so we can discover his freedom and trust to keep changing our world…

 

Noel Mitaxa

On behalf of a church near you,

Inviting you to explore God’s love

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Noel Mitaxa is from South Eastern Australia and has been in ministry since 1973, firstly with Churches of Christ – similar to the Disciples in the USA – until 1990, when he moved to a faith-based inter-based inter-church sports ministry of sports evangelism, sports chaplaincy and sports media, before returning to pastoral ministry with Baptist Churches in 1996.

Throughout his ministries, he has always aimed at building the kinds of churches that express God’s love practically, as much as verbally.  Most recently, this included a community centre for woodworking, a community garden and counseling and education programs.

He also enjoys the methanol fix of speedway chaplaincy, in which he has served nine seasons as the Head Rev of all those rev heads!

He and his wife Judy have been married for 35 years; their four kids have grown up and they have three grandchildren.

His writing began in 1982, with his first weekly Good News column, which has always focused on helping unchurched people to realize that God loves them and that He is already there for them.  The column has also been a tool for feeding and starting ‘water cooler’ conversations among Christians and non-Christians.  He also writes for Cypress Times in Houston TX.

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