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Wally Who?

Nº 305


June 4, 2024

We finish well by the grace of God. That is also how we start the race. That is what keeps us in the race. And that is what takes us to the end. - Donald Sweeting

On June 2, 1925, Wally Pipp, the first baseman for the New York Yankees, had a headache. He asked for two aspirin. His sympathetic coach told him to take the day off, and a rookie named Lou Gehrig took his place. Gehrig played 2,130 consecutive games, a record that stood for 56 years.

Wally Pipp was a great ball player who twice led the league in homeruns. He helped the Yankees win three American League pennants and one World Series.

But sadly, Wally Pipp is remembered as the player Lou Gehrig replaced. Later Pipp said, “Those were the two most expensive aspirin I ever took!”

The Bible is filled with seemingly good people who made horrible choices. Lot, Korah, Achan, Saul, Gehazi, Judas, Ananias and Saphira, Demus, and so many others served God well for a while but are remembered for their tragic mistakes.

God’s grace can overwhelm any blunder we make; however, we will live with regrets and carry the consequences of our sinful choices. Serve well and finish strong. Pray with the psalmist, “Even when I am old and grey, do not forsake me, O God, till I declare your power to the next generation.” (Psalm 71:18)


Dan Bolin

Author & President

Refueling in Flight Ministries


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