The picture you see is one for the history books. That is Mariano Rivera, the famous Yankee’s closer, leaving the Red Sox a personal note in his last visit to Fenway Park. Rivera, the most successful closer in baseball history, is no stranger to Fenway. In his illustrious 19 year career, Rivera has played dozens, if not hundreds of games in Boston. From playoffs to pennants, Rivera has represented the pinstripes to the best of his ability. He will be retiring at the end of the 2013 season, but before he left Fenway for the final time, he wanted to leave one final note on the walls of the Pitcher’s Bullpen—“Thanks for everything!”
As God’s people, we can learn a lesson from Rivera’s attitude. Our challengers, critics, and even our enemies, can teach us lessons; to be more competitive for Christ; to block out the unneeded criticism that dampens our spirit; and most of all, to focus on the cross.
During the battle of rivalry, it may not be pleasant. It can certainly be stressful. But one day, when we look back at how far we’ve come, we will say, “Thanks for everything!”