There's a Rattlesnake in the Dugout

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Summary of Main Ideas

My buddy Coach Russell Lucas told me one of the craziest stories I’d heard in a long time lately.


He was in the middle of a full day of baseball games. They had some crazy weather, some game delays, and he was just filling me in on the day.


To be honest, I was kind of zoning out, when he said the following words: “We had to stop the game because there was a rattlesnake in the dugout.”


Um, what?


Yes. For 4 hours, they had been standing in the dugout with a rattlesnake. One of the players found it, he got everybody out of the dugout, killed it with a bat, disposed of it, then finished the game.


Not how I would’ve handled the situation, but whatever.


What stood out to Coach Lucas was how dangerous the snake was. He was standing there for 4 hours with no idea that a snake that could’ve killed him was lurking right at his feet.


Life is full of evils that we can see. Things that we know are there trying to sabotage our work, our marriages, our jobs, whatever the case may be.


We have to seek those things out and defeat them, because they are seeking us. They are seeking to destroy us unless we destroy them first.


What stood out to coach was how dangerous that snake was, but I was standing there for 4 hours and i had no idea that it was there, but it could’ve killed me.


Be active about protecting your life against the things that will ruin it. Get a partner to walk through life with. 4 eyes are better than 2 when it comes to seeking out the things that can ruin you and protecting against them.


Be on the lookout for the rattlesnakes in the dugout, and get your bats ready for them.  


“Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” 1 Peter 5:8

“Friends become wiser together through a healthy clash of viewpoints.” Tim Keller

Reflection Questions

  1. What are the visible rattlesnakes that you’ve been successful in killing?

  2. Where might there be hidden rattlesnakes in your life? In your job? In your marriage?

  3. Is there someone in your life that is committed to helping you sniff out the hidden rattlesnakes?

  4. What is it going to take to get your bat ready to kill the rattlesnakes?