“So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you. Beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity." (Colossians 3:12-14)
It is often said that baseball is like a family. But, for many of us, our actual family has not always been a place of safety or acceptance. Sadly, for some, this has also been true of our baseball family. Whether in the game 5 months or 50 years, there have been those of us who have faced times when our baseball family has not beared with us in compassion, humility, or patience.
We have felt the sting of gossip, the stab of betrayal, the prick of rumors, or the humiliation of being rejected and we quietly retreat inward, scared we could be hurt again. We decide that we cannot risk that kind of pain again so we withdraw.
That paralysis of fear is real and this is exactly where the enemy wants you to stay. Quiet. Hidden. Invisible. Outcast. Alone. If this is you or someone you know, there is good news! God has a long history of using the outcasts and the broken messes of who we are to do his greatest works.
I am one of those messes! I am getting older, and feel even older than my age. I have 4 kids who keep me from having a complete thought more than twice a day. Pretty sure at least once a week all I have for dinner is rice and ketchup. And I am late. All. The. Time. I have driven my kids to school, a half hour away, only to realize as we pull into the car line that one of them has no shoes. No shoes!! Worst of all, the no shoes thing just keeps happening…to the same kid.
I yell. I am impatient. I am desperately under qualified to be sent out into the world to do great works for God. But God tells me over and over, “Let go of what you aren’t. Just share who you are and I will do the rest. Whatever you have done or left undone today, you are enough for me.”
So since we know that baseball is a world where it is hard to feel at home, struggling to have roots in a world where the ground is constantly shifting underneath us and we feel completely overwhelmed with the mess of our lives, how do we chose to respond to our challenges in a way that promotes a healthy baseball family? To be women who exude gentleness, kindness, and a heart of compassion for the family God has placed before us as we make our “mobile” homes for the season.
Just like the church, I believe God’s purpose for this community of women is to be a family on mission, making this “mobile” home a place of understanding and acceptance. A place where unconditional love invites us to abandon our insecurities and embrace being fully known.
Let’s purpose to be united, to bring hope to the baseball family God has given to us this season and share a common focus of bringing harmony, humility, and helpfulness to a culture that can be ruthlessly prideful, unapologetically condemning, and proudly self serving.
Prayer: Lord, I know you have purposed the journey in front of me this season. I pray you will embolden my faith to be fearless, helping me create family that values and accepts those around me and who I can be confident being fully known to. Help me break free of any pride that holds me back and reach for your unconditional love and comfort. Amen.
Suggested Reading: Galatians 5:22-26