It's a game that's based on bases,
first and second, third and home.
And the rules remain consistent
whether played in Rome or Nome.
You must first head straight to first base.
You can't skip it or take third.
Without rules there'd be no meaning.
Without rules games are absurd.
And the game of life's no different.
Those who play it on their own
think that they can skip the bases
and then slide in late at home.
But there's order to the process.
We must take each stage in stride.
Someone pitches us the Gospel
and explains why Jesus died.
First we must accept forgiveness
that He gave us on the cross.
After that it's on to second
where we let Him be the boss.
Then we're third base bound by serving
those around us who have needs.
And it's likely we'll remain there
'til we've lost our pride and greed.
Then in time our Coach will motion
that it's time to head for home.
That's the time we'll know we made
it as the King smiles from His throne.
So the moral of this poem
is to let the game you love
help you understand the ground rules
that apply to what's above.
|PO BOOKS BY GREG ASIMAKOUPOULOS
Sunday Rhymes & Reasons
Published June 4, 2009
Sunday Rhymes and Reasons is a compilation of inspirational poetry by America's pastor/poet laureate, Greg Asimakoupoulos. In this, his third volume of poetry, Pastor Greg paints word pictures that portray both the struggle and fulfillment that define a life of faith. His repertoire of rhymes celebrate rite-of-passage occasions like birth, baptism, marriage and death as well as the major holidays of the church and culture. It is a volume that illustrates the poet's love of words and of popular culture. The author dips his brush into a paint box of hubris, humor and honesty.
"Gloria and I have been encouraged by word pictures from Greg's pen that have celebrated both our ministry and God's presence in our world." – Bill Gaither, Gospel music composer/performer
"Gifted poet Greg Asimakoupoulos is a dear friend of our family. His poetry blesses, comforts, entertains, and provides inspiration for every season of life." – Natalie Grant, singer/songwriter/recording artist
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