"A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another." (John 13:34-35)
A while back someone asked me, what’s the difference between being a player’s wife and a coach’s wife? My instant reply was, well, now I get to root for the whole team. While I was mostly kidding there was a lot of truth to my answer. Baseball is such an individualized team sport, isn’t it? And that individualism only grows when you’re in the minor leagues trying to work up to higher levels. If the team lost but your fella went 3-4 it doesn’t sting so bad. Or if your team won, but your hard working husband gave up four runs in the first inning, that can make it hard to celebrate.
But what if this season, as we head in to spring training, we started doing what Jesus asked of us in the passage above?
Now, does this mean you shouldn’t be cheering for your own player? Goodness no! Wear that jersey, smear that face paint, wave those banners! Whatever it is that you do to encourage your fella during the course of a season, by all means, carry on, sister.
(I was one that found it important to sit with my legs crossed the exact same way they were during my husband’s last at bat because that’s why he got a hit. I make God laugh. Often.)
But maybe we should also be praying for others who are having a hard season mentally or fighting injury. Maybe when someone gets called up to the big leagues and you REALLY feel like it should have been your guy you take a deep breath and offer to help them pack. Maybe when you notice an infielder has made tremendous strides on his defense you turn to his fiancé and tell her you can see how hard he’s been working. Maybe when one player is getting way more playing time than your guy you decide that you aren’t going to get bitter about it because God is in control of all of it. ALL of it.
Prayer: Lord, Thank you, once again, for the opportunity you have given me to be where I am. Help me to love those around me in a tangible way so that Your love shines through. Give me patience where I am lacking and peace in the journey. Amen.
Suggested Reading: 1 Thess 5:12-18