He Dropped the Ball



Fred Snodgrass

Fred Snodgrass was a successful major league baseball player for the Giants, but he was remembered for one of his failures. In the 1912 World Series, he dropped a pop fly. His error set up the wining run, because the next batter hit a single. Consequently, the Giants lost the game and the Series.

When he died in 1974, the New York Times printed this headline: FRED SNODGRASS, 86, DEAD; BALLPLAYER MUFFED FLY IN 1912.

62 years later, and yet they could not forgive him. Omitted was the fact that Fred later became the mayor of Oxnard, California, was a successful banker and rancher, and raised a fine family. He dropped a pop fly in 1912 and they could not forget his mistake.

Eph.5:32 says, “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”

The world is not a very forgiving place. But we Christians are called to be set apart from the world. We are to forgive others for their mistakes, always remembering the forgiveness that God has given us in Jesus Christ.

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