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Baseball Coaches & Ice Cream

Posted on Wednesday, February 22, 2012 in Uncategorized

Pecky’s. I can barely remember that name, Pecky’s.

I googled it. In the gazillion possible places that google.com could find something it could only find two references to “Pecky’s” & “Schiller Park”, both on Facebook.

One was by a guy I graduated high school with. Having felt grateful that Paul Z kept the legacy of Pecky’s alive, I wrote him a thank you note.

Pecky’s & A “Player’s Coach”

The term “players coach” refers to a coach who places a high priority on connecting with her/his players. A “players coach” will take the time to understand his players. A players coach will take the time to understand the players so that he/she can build a healthy working relationship in order to maximize their strengths and minimize their weakness.

When I was in Little League playing baseball we had players coaches.

On special occasions, win or lose, our coaches would take us to Pecky’s for ice cream cones.

We loved it! Our manager treated us special. They took the time to get to know us. Well, truthfully, it isn’t hard to figure out that elementary school kids like ice cream. They didn’t just know, they followed through on what they knew.

“Chocolate, please.”, I always said, adding, “Thank you.”

Player’s Coach

I “love” chocolate ice cream. I didn’t dislike or hate vanilla, I just always liked chocolate better. I knew the taste of chocolate ice cream.  It was unmistakeable.

I would have known if I was given a vanilla cone. There’s no doubt about it.

Our manager gave us ice cream, unconditionally. God, like a players’ coach, knows what we need and gives us unconditional love.

Dear friends,” the Bible says, “let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.” 1

It’s a different definition of “love” than my “love” for ice cream, but God’s nature, God’s flavor, is love. If you know what chocolate and vanilla taste like you won’t be confused. If you’ve experience God’s love – deeper than emotions, deeper than convictions, more meaningful than rules or religion – you won’t be confused. God is love.

I have many friends who do not know God yet; yes I meant you, thanks for reading! When we feel love, real love, and then we get to know God, it’s unmistakable. God is love.

Elsewhere, the Bible says, “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge…”; God is love. Fear God. 2 

Love?  Fear?

Now I must admit I’m kinda afraid of that love. That’s mysilentscream.

More tomorrow.

1 – 1 John 4:7

2 – Proverbs 1:7

Bring on the comments

  1. Thanks for the reminder.

  2. For you, me and Pecky’s customers too! =D

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