“Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable-if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think about such things.”
I had just shown up to AAA. Newly married, I was so excited and optimistic about finding my soulmate and being on this exciting baseball journey with Braden. We met a couple and soon got to know them better and were shocked by the unhappiness that baseball brought them. Later, after I got to know the wife a lot better, she gave me a little of her experienced wisdom and said, "Yeah, I was optimistic like you once. I thought everything was going to be great. You'll see -- I give it 3 years in baseball to change your mind.”
At the time, I was confused by her bitterness. Over time, though, I did begin to understand how baseball becomes grueling for the player and wife. After all, being on the move at any moment and having no say in the matter can be tough on any family that experiences transition. After one long, two-week road trip when you’re left in a town by yourself with nothing to do and no one to do it with ... it can give you some things to think about.
However, I know that when we choose godly thinking, we have a godly option rather than the kind of thinking that leads to bitterness.
When I look back over our years in baseball, I can see that God was always there to show me His truth when I went to His Word. He has always provided me with the kind of thinking I needed to have -- the kind of thinking that says, “This isn't easy, but it's right.” The kind of thinking that says, “I can be sad, but I can maintain nobility.” Don't get me wrong, I've missed my family and my husband during these baseball years, but maintaining right-thinking through the power of God and His Word is what has gotten me through.
Prayer: Lord, thank you for giving us your Word and your Spirit to control our minds. I am so thankful that YOU are the provider for thoughts that are noble, right, pure, lovely admirable, excellent and praiseworthy.
Suggested Reading: Philippians 4