"Do you see what this means—all these pioneers who blazed the way, all these veterans cheering us on? It means we’d better get on with it. Strip down, start running—and never quit! No extra spiritual fat, no parasitic sins. Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever. And now he’s there, in the place of honor, right alongside God. When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls!" (Hebrews 12:1-3)
Is it just me or does baseball season feel like a time vortex where the world keeps going on without you? How is it August? How do we only have a month left? The days are slow and monotonous but the season goes in the blink of an eye. Our men have played 100+ games beginning in late February. Every day. Nonstop.
I am so ready to have a date to weddings, attend a family function, sleep in, and be known apart from baseball. The hard part is we still have a month left. A month of games, girlfriends, wives, roommates, and away stands. And every second matters. We can’t check out, withdraw, or coast. These games matter for our futures and will teach all of us so much about perseverance. As much as my mind wants to check out, fly home, and escape all of this I know I need to stick it out for my relationship and my character.
This season has been full of celebration and compromise, disappointment and frustration, exhaustion and rejuvenation. We’ve made new friends and lived in a new city. It hasn’t all been enjoyable but it is shaping us for something down the road. Baseball or not we will need to persevere. We have to remember that it’s not just in-season or off-season–it’s our life! And we need to be mindful of the lessons we are learning in order to grow into stronger people. Whether this is our first season or last, finishing well is a character trait that can always be refined.
Prayer: Jesus I pray that you fill us to overflowing with your Holy Spirit. Empower us to press on when we want to withdraw, give us the strength and patience we need to support the men we love, and open our eyes to what you want us to do right now.
Suggested Reading: Galatians 6:9