On April 30th, 1939, Lou Gehrig played his last game with the Yankees.
On the last day in April, his consecutive streak of 2,130 games ended. Gehrig’s record stood until Cal Ripken, Jr. broke it in 1995. Gehrig was an incredibly accomplished player, and played a large part in leading the Yankees towards becoming an unbelievable team in baseball.
While his career came to an end as a result of his illness, one of the things he is remembered for is putting in the work and showing up.
One Day Becomes One Year
From June 1925 through April 1939, Gehrig never missed a game. Making the choice to play one day looks like “one day” when we are zoomed in and looking at the calendar. But, when the week or the month is over it is a part of a large collection.
It is a streak that offers evidence that we showed up, even on the days when it wasn’t easy.
Perseverance Can Be Built
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. (James 1:2–4)
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