Yogi Berra (2)

by Stan Mitchell

Lawrence Peter “Yogi” Berra, born in 1925, played mostly for the New York Yankees. His was a distinguished career, but he is probably better known for his quirky, intentionally (we think) wise sayings. His malapropisms were funny, true, and disarming.

It was he who declared of a close, competitive game, “It ain’t over ’til it’s over.” Of course he was right.

One time when asked what time it was he is supposed to have responded, “You mean now?”

“It is,” he once declared, “déjà vu all over again.”

One of my favorites, however, is the following: “Never answer an anonymous letter.” Which of course raises the obvious question: If the letter was anonymous, where would you send it? Do anonymous letters include a self-addressed envelope for replies?

One of his most famous sayings was ” When you come to a fork in the road … take it!”

Of course Berra was saying this in jest, with a twinkle in his eye, but how true to life his statement is!

This just in: the world doesn’t know where it is going. Society is brash and self-confident. It asserts its right to tell all of us how to live, behave, what morals to adopt, and what morals to abandon. But it is, in face, as clueless as a Hollywood starlet down on the farm.

The world, selfish and indulgent, has no direction. Like Berra’s advice, the world has no better ideas on life than to say, “Take a road, it doesn’t matter which, take the one that delights your heart, regardless of who it hurts, or how morally corrupt that choice may be.”

The Lord however, differs with this clueless, directionless philosophy.

“Thus says the Lord: ‘Stand by the roads and look, and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is, and walk in it, and find rest for your souls.’ But they said, ‘We will not walk in it'” (Jeremiah 6:16, ESV).

The Israelites of Jeremiah’s day chose the wrong road. Most do, as Jesus acknowledged.

“Enter in by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those that enter in it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few” (Matthew 7:13,14).

So when you get to a fork in the road, choose the Lord’s way. Happily for us, God provides guidance that is clear, right and true.

 

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Stan Mitchell

Stan has preached since 1976, in Zimbabwe, California, Texas and Tennessee. He serves as preacher for the Red Walnut Church of Christ in Bath Springs, TN. He is currently Professor of Bible at Freed-Hardeman University. He is married to the former Marjorie McCarthy, and has one daughter, Tracy Watts. He is the author of four books: The Wise Get Wiser, the Foolish More Foolish: The Book of Proverbs, Give the Winds a Mighty Voice: Our Worship in Song, and Equipping the Saints for Ministry. He has recently published another book, "Will Our Faith Have Children: Developing Leadership in the Church for the Next Generation.

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  1. Well stated, Stan, and I appreciate your use of Yogi Berra’s wonderful humor as a launching pad.

    We come upon forks many times a day. With God’s help and an eternal mindset, we choose the right path. With God’s grace, we are restored when we make the wrong choice.

    Onward!

    Guy

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