Never the first to be picked on a team ~
I just wasn’t great at games with a ball ~
But if they needed one as a last resort,
It was then on me they would call.

Now this has followed me all of my life,
And some would feel sorry or pity me.
But I made up my mind a long time ago,
To be the best pinch hitter there ever would be.

I promised my Lord with sincere attitude,
“We can’t all be part of the in-crowd I see,
But if someone needs me, yet I’m not their first choice,
Help me do my best, and serve willingly. “

If I’m not even last on anyone’s list
Rejected by some, not thought of at all,
That is ok. But should they ever have need
Let me not turn them away; but gladly offer my all.

Great treasures, as silver or gold, have I none!
But such as I have, a word of praise or persistent prayer,
A listening ear, willing hands, a loving heart,
If someone needs those, please let me volunteer.

If someone should ever have need of my gifts
I won’t say no, and I’ll give my heart’s best.
Yes, I pray it is Christ’s love that they would see!
‘Cause that’s when my faith will be put to the test.

Karin Ristau


Oh2122 said...


Just popping by to say thanks for visiting my little corner of the blogosphere on the MA BATW day!

Elizabeth said...

Your blog is lovely. I enjoyed your comment on Cathryn's blog about exercise changing as we get older and about not beating ourselves up for what we can't do -- but taking steps to do what we can do. That's very timely advice for me.

Keeper of the Skies Wife said...

Love your header. 42 years together is just wonderful!
Thanks for stopping by my BATW yesterday!

Evi said...

You have always given your best...that's what I love about you!

Lady Dorothy said...

I cannot even find words to describe what I felt when I read your poem. Would you mind if I posted it on my blog on Sunday and linked to your blog? (my email: abdelaziz(at)tcsn(dot)net)

I came by to say thank you very much for visiting me last week on our BATW. I do hope you'll come by again.