The moment I found out my wife was having boys I could not wait to play catch with them, and to teach them the game I love. Baseball has been a theme in our home since they were 2 years old….. In the beginning I was teaching the game, strangely enough I never realized I was also teaching them how to live their lives
Growing up I always heard that sports were life lessons, but I never understood. I don’t think most people understand, they say the words but fail to see the lessons. Thus, I thought today might be a great time to review the lessons we learn in Little League that hold true throughout the decades to follow. Here are just a few:
- The Coach’s kid plays Short-Stop. Lesson learned, life isn’t fair all the time, but if you put your head down, work hard and don’t give up someday you won’t be playing Daddy Ball.
- People that work hard are so darn lucky!!! Crazy how the guy that works the hardest is so lucky to make all those great catches that seem to always bounce pass the other players…..
- The game is different from every angle…..don’t assume your opinion works for everyone.
- It takes no talent to run hard to first base. Talent is a wonderful thing to have, but effort wins the day. Work hard, give what you have and watch it pay off.
- No matter what rules you are playing by, the Umpire makes the final call.
As Christians the last one is very important to understand. You see it doesn’t matter what society thinks is acceptable that will determine if you enter the Kingdom of Heaven. A baseball player can roll his eyes, slump his shoulders and complain all the way back to the bench about the called 3rd strike, but its the umpire’s call to make.
You can roll your eyes all the way to hell…….you can say you are a good person, it doesn’t matter because God is the umpire and the outcome is his call to make.