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What a great season of baseball! Thank you all so much for all the time and effort put you have into this ministry. We could not have done it without you! I pray that God has blessed you and your family this season.
I love baseball because I believe it teaches us some of our most important life lessons that are found in scripture. The playing field is like life, full of challenges, disappointment, fear and, let’s not forget, joy! I am most happy, on a baseball field, with my team playing for the glory of God. There is no other sport that compares! You are considered an All-star if you get a hit 30% of the time. This means that you fail 7 out of 10 times. The game is hard and I believe it prepares us for the war that we are in as believers of Christ. We have a war within us where we battle our own selfish desires. We are in a war with the evil one whose only mission is to steal, kill and destroy. (John 10:10)
But we have good news! The war is already won. We are victors in Christ and have a great story to tell. (Romans 8:31-39) I want to share one of theses stories from this past season.
In our machine pitch league we had 4 teams. (PTL) Most of the teams needed kids to step up and be a catcher for their team. At 7 and 8 years old most kids do not want to play catcher because the ball is coming in fast from the machine. They get hit a bunch and most of them do not have the skill or toughness it takes to play catcher. I observed one team as they were searching for the kind of kid that could handle this tough job. I watched one boy after another fail to do what it takes to play this position. One boy was trying and I began to think he would not be able to take the punishment he was receiving from the hard baseball for very long. I listened to his father and son giving the younger (stepson) instruction on how to catch the baseball from behind the backstop. They were saying, “Stay down, you have all the gear you need,” “use the catchers mitt to block the ball”, “Come on you can do this!” and so on. As parents, you know it is hard to get through to your child when they are hurt and scared. This went on for a week.
The next week, when I saw that this same young boy was still playing catcher, I was surprised. But even more surprising was the fact that he was doing great! It was like he was a new kid. He was playing with confidence and showing no signs of fear. Again I saw the father and son standing behind the backstop giving instruction to the younger son/brother and encouraging him. I had to go up to them and ask, “What made the difference?” Now you may think that this part is kind of harsh but I believe it is awesome picture of how the Father (God) and the Son (Jesus) teach us how to endure hardships in order to receive the blessing He has for us. The son said to me, “Well, as dad ran the pitching machine I stood behind and held him down. He had all the protective gear on and he needed to know that if he used the catcher’s mitt to block the baseball he would be fine.” Tough love don’t ya say! But now as I look at the joy this young All-star catcher has now in his brand new catchers gear, it shows me that blessings comes from hardships. Deuteronomy 28:1 “If you fully obey the Lord your God and carefully follow all his commands I give you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations on earth. 2 All these blessings will come on you and accompany you if you obey the Lord your God:3 you will be blessed in the city and blessed in the country.” What a great picture of how God calls us to stand strong, use the armor He has given us to battle the trials and struggles of this life and how blessings can come from hardships. Just like the boy had to learn to use his mitt, as believers we have to learn to use the armor of God. The awesome part is just like the boy in the story we don’t have to do it alone. God calls us to obey, gives us the tools and then stays with us every step of the way.
This picture of the Father and the Son working with their adopted son/brother showed me that in baseball we can see the Gospel of Jesus Christ if we will just look for it!