Lawrence Peter “Yogi” Berra, the famous Yankees catcher and manager, passed away Tuesday. He had 10 World Series rings, was a war hero, and had a fame that extended beyond baseball. But his “Yogisms” were what made him a part of the American lexicon forever.
Berra’s sayings, or, “Yogisms,” were paradoxes (contradictions or absurdities) and tautologies (redundancy and self-fulfilling truth) told in a witty way. Among the favorites were:
- “90% of the game is half-mental.”
- “A nickel ain’t worth a dime anymore.”
- “Nobody goes there anymore. It’s too crowded.”
- “When you come to a fork in the road, take it.”
- “It’s déjà vu all over again”
- “You can observe a lot by watching.”
- “Always go to other people’s funerals, otherwise they won’t go to yours.”
But perhaps the most widely known Yogism is “It ain’t over ‘till it’s over.” In a season distraught by injuries and team issues, he held firm to hope. And that is a great message for all of us today.
We face many challenges: temptation, disease, pain, and death. There are days when we feel like giving up. You might think you have messed up too much or life is too hard. You may even be facing your greatest challenge in life, but it ain’t over!
We don’t have to face these challenges without hope. With God, all things are possible (Mark 10:27). God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5).
Christ overcame death so that each of us can live eternally with the Father. Are you in Him? Or do you hope in your own works for salvation?
Another favorite Yogism was, “I always thought that record would stand until it was broken.” Methuselah lived 969 years…a record for sure! But Methuselah died and so will we. Then we will spend eternity separated from God or in His presence based on whether we were in Him or not…and eternity is a lot longer than 969 years.
Give it some thought. Live for Him while there is still a today (Hebrews 3:13). While we live, our ability to effect our eternity ain’t over…’till it’s over!