During the past wedding weekend, family members recounted many tales of life with Julie or Tim. Today, I conclude a trilogy of wedding posts with one story and my favorite photograph of my daughters.
The cherished photograph is quite irrelevant anymore. Baseball means little to Kelly. Julie remains a baseball fanatic, but grew into a dedicated Royals fan. It is the sense of carefree youth in those smiling faces that touches my heart. Those faces will always remind me of the joys my daughters brought to my life as children and now as fine young women.
While baseball never took hold in Kelly, it burrowed deep to the bone in Julie. The proudest moment of our shared baseball passion came when Julie asked me to teach her how to keep score.
In our modern computerized and over-analyzed sports world, the idea of taking a pencil and scorebook in hand and carefully watching a game seems arcane. Yet, Julie wanted to understand the mystery of keeping score. After tutoring her on what every little line and wiggle meant, Julie took her scorebook to every Royals game and practiced at home in front of the television. Julie loved keeping score.
People love to keep score too. Not at baseball games, but in life. In most cases, there is nothing wrong with keeping score. There will always be winners and losers. Without scores, we would not be able to judge our progress through life. Scores made my daughters aware that there will always be people smarter, faster, stronger, prettier. They learned people can be mean, cruel, deceitful and hurtful when it comes to keeping score. Keeping score can be harsh, but those scores help us chart a path that leads to an ultimate realization and truth.
Mercifully, keeping score means nothing in God’s eyes.
As much as I like the idea of Julie coming to me to learn to keep score, my greatest tutelage to her was that our Savior never keeps score. His word is true and proven.
The Lord says, “Come let us talk about these things. Though your sins are like scarlet, they can be white as snow. Though your sins are deep red, they can be white like wool.” – Isaiah 1:18
He saved us because of his mercy. It was not because of good deeds we did to be right with him. He saved us through the washing that made us new people through the Holy Spirit. God poured out richly upon us that Holy Spirit through Jesus Christ our Savior. – Titus 3:5-6
With God’s forgiveness in our hearts, happiness is ours through our Savior’s mercy no matter the what the scorebook says here on earth.
Happy is the person whose sins are forgiven, whose wrongs are pardoned. Happy is the person whom the Lord does not consider guilty and in whom there is nothing false. – Psalm 32:1-2
On the day we honor fathers, our family also honors our Father in heaven with our sincere thanks for not keeping score.