Deadlines, Grocery Lines, Laugh Lines
By Michelle Medlock Adams

Are You a Quiet Cubbie?

But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect…  (1 Peter 3:15, ESV)

For my daughter Ally’s 20th birthday, she asked for only one thing–tickets to see the Cubs play the Dodgers when the Cubbies rolled into Los Angeles last week–so I gladly obliged. I purchased excellent tickets from a season ticketholder who couldn’t go, and we planned for a fun night.

Of course, these tickets were right in the heart of die-hard Dodgers fans, and normally that wouldn’t be an issue; I’d just blend in and enjoy a great game of baseball. But, you see, I’m a die-hard Cubs fan.

And, I don’t just back the Cubs because I’m from the Midwest–my love for the Cubs goes way deeper than that. I love the Chicago Cubs because my Daddy loved them. Much of my childhood, I was blessed to go road-trippin’ with the Cubbies.

Mom, Daddy and I would pile in our long, white Caddy and head off to wherever the Cubs were playing that night. We were at so many games, that I felt like I personally knew Billy Buckner and Ivan DeJesus and the rest of the team at the time.

On the drive to the ballpark, Dad would quiz me on each of the player’s statistics, and I’d spit them out like I was Harry Caray. Those great memories birthed a great passion for baseball and a great love for the Chicago Cubs. (No wonder I did a stint as a sportswriter early in my writing career!)

As you can imagine, I really wanted to wear one my bedazzled Cubs shirts to the game on Saturday, but knowing that the Cubs had badly beaten the Dodgers on Friday night, I was nervous I might be provoking some passionate Dodgers fans who would surely be sitting around us.

So, I took the cowardly Cubs fan way out and wore red. (At least I didn’t wear Dodgers Blue, right?) 

Michelle Adams with daughter Ally at a baseball game.Anyway, when we arrived in our seats, I was so surprised to see an entire row of Cubs fans in front of us–all proudly wearing their Cubs jerseys and hats. They cheered and hollered for their beloved Cubbies, despite the heckling from nearby Dodgers diehards, while I clapped politely.

The Cubs ended up losing in extra innings (and torrential rain, I might add). Still, I enjoyed spending time with my youngest daughter, and I loved the beautiful night of baseball; however, I wish I’d enjoyed it in my Cubs attire.

Later as I reflected on our night at Dodger Stadium, I felt almost guilty that I hadn’t represented my team in the midst of the Dodgers fans. Don’t get me wrong; I will cheer for the Dodgers when they play any other team BUT the Cubs. But that night, I was a very quiet Cubbies fan, and that’s not like me at all.

It made me wonder if that carries over into my spiritual life. Am I a quiet Christian, afraid I might offend those around me who aren’t living for God?

Do I err on the side of timidity, worried I might step on someone’s toes who doesn’t believe the way that I believe? Or do I proudly let those around me know that I am totally sold on Jesus, even if I might be heckled for my beliefs?

There’s a fine line, I think, between being an all-out Christian and being an overly-aggressive Spiritual Sally. Those who wear their “Christianwear,” have a “Honk if you love Jesus” bumper sticker, and work “Praise the Lord!” into conversation at least twice every half hour probably mean well, but that will never be me.

Still, I hope I am more than just a quiet witness for Jesus without being overly obnoxious about my faith. I pray that I’m a good witness for Jesus–in both words and actions. And, I truly hope that I can let others know about my love for Jesus with the same passion that I talk about my beloved Cubbies.

I pray those same things for you. Let’s be bold for our Lord. Let’s win others to Jesus by our love. And, let’s be unashamed of our walk of faith even though many around us might be on another road. Amen?

Oh, and go Cubs!

Michelle Medlock Adams is an award-winning journalist and best-selling author, with more than 60 books and 1,000 articles for newspapers and magazines to her name. She was won several SELAH Awards (best children’s book and book of the year for God Knows You in 2014 and best children’s book for My Big Book of Prayers in 2012), and her book Divine Stories of the Yahweh Sisterhood was named a Family Christian Bookstores Premiere Pick in 2006. When not working on her own assignments, Michelle ghostwrites books for celebrities and some of today’s most effective and popular ministers.

Michelle is married to her high school sweetheart, Jeff. They have two college-aged daughters, Abby and Allyson, as well as a small petting zoo. When not writing or teaching writing, Michelle enjoys cheering on the Indiana University Men’s Basketball team, the Chicago Cubbies and the LA Kings. Find out more about Michelle at her website.

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Great article! I'm about the Cardinals the way you are your Cubbies - limitless passion! Cubs fans actually inspire me greatly, always have. They aren't fair-weather fans - they love the game of baseball and their Cubs irregardless of the record. My Cards will be on the road (against a great team, in playoff contention) and the crowd will be sparse and embarrassing (like the Reds or Rays). Then we'll play the Cubs (with their own "contentions"!) and the beautiful ballpark will be filled with Cubbie pride.... beautifully happy, passionate, proud fans who's happiness and pride don't rely on the present circumstances.

No bitterness, no anger at the opposing team's fans - they're just happy to be where they are and happy to be on what, to them, is the RIGHT team!

We Christians could take a cue from y'all!

Not only am I touched by your story as a baseball fanatic - I'm touched as a mother (3 beautiful daughters). What a great birthday present for a beautiful daughter ( she looks just like you!).

As for your Cubbies, the future is bright. Great manager, great young players, and some of the best fans in the world!

Joi
P.S. Go Cardinals! (Had to...You understand!)

Joi, thank you so much for your kind words. As a fellow baseball fanatic, I am super touched you took the time to write your comments--especially since you're a Cards girl. :) Are your girls also big baseball fans? Our teams have a great rivalry, though, don't they? :) And, yes, I am hopeful for my Cubbies. Of course, our famous tagline is always, "We'll get 'em next year..." haha. :) Great to connect with another baseball fan. Many blessings to you (and your Cards)! Michelle

Thank you so much, Lisa. You are such an encouragement to me. :) Thanks for the prayers, too. They are much appreciated. Praying for you, as well. Blessing to you, my friend!

You are an inspiration and an admirable person, Michelle. Whatever you're doing and however you're living, you have touched me and my family and I pray for you and am thankful for you everyday. So keep the good word coming!

Hi Michelle. Another great article. I have learned that it is wise to be led by the Holy Spirit before saying anything. Let actions speak louder than words and people ask, what is your secret? Jesus drew crowds and crowds of people who wanted to be with Him and touch Him (George Clooney of His time? :) ). Because He was full of love, compassion, gentleness and kindness. Even when He commanded, pick up your mat and walk, go and sin no more, I believe He did it with love, compassion, gentleness and kindness in His voice. No wonder he had such a tremendous affect on people. I am not a "praise the Lord" type either. And such people, sad to say, unknowingly turn people away from Jesus. Michelle, I said this once and I will say it again, we are a kindred spirit, when it comes to Jesus. I am always curious about your next article. No pressure. hahaha!

I share a saying I read recently:

For those who understand, no explanation is needed.
For those who do not understand, no explanation is possible.

Btw, another great picture of you and your daughter, I mean younger sister :) I would say you are probably the crazy one, out of the three of you :)

Good to hear from you, YA. I probably am the crazy one of the girls, haha. Abby and Ally are pretty hilarious when they get together, though. I am laughing constantly when we all get together; we definitely have a good time.

I always enjoy your comments--George Clooney of His time--haha. I agree with what you said about people being drawn to Him because of His love and compassion, etc. And, we are called to be like Him. Makes me think of that little chorus that we used to sing at Church Camp, "They will know we are Christians by our love..."

We are definitely alike, YA. We have to be related, haha. Love the saying you shared. Another one I will be adding to my computer. Thanks again for your encouragement. Happy Wednesday! Michelle

I love your blog today, but I do love them all.
I am a true Cubbies fan. I named my son Jacub , I spelled his name like this because he reminded me of a cub on the ultrasound :) an I wanted him to love the cubs the same as I did. An does today at age 17. I know this seems corney but I new you would enjoy. Have a wonderful day.

That's awesome! I love the name Ja"cub". :) Very clever! He had no choice but to become a Cubs fan. You've raised him right, haha. Thanks for sharing. :) And thanks so much for your kind comments. Blessings to you! :) Michelle