So I really don’t know a whole lot about baseball. My baseball claim to fame was losing my lunch (I’m trying not to be graphic) at Yankee stadium when I was six years old. That’s another story for another time.
But nephew #4 is on a high school baseball team. And thanks to the wonders of technology, I got to log in and virtually “see” his game yesterday from 1200 miles away. It’s not a live camera or anything, but lots of real-time graphics to let you know what’s happening on the field. I knew he was at bat. So exciting! But then the screen said this:
I was disappointed for him and for the team. But the more I looked at that phrase, the more something intrigued me. If you strike out swinging, doesn’t that mean you were all in? That you were facing that ball coming at you and giving it your best shot?
You know, sometimes we aren’t “successful” in everything we attempt. But isn’t it important that we were swinging and not just standing there? Shouldn’t we be “all in” and give it our best shot? And that includes things we attempt for the Lord.
God asks for our obedience, but our efforts don’t always look like successes. Discouragement lays the groundwork for not wanting to attempt anything again. We lose heart or walk away, questioning what God was up to in our lives, wondering why we failed when we were giving it our all. But the thing is, our views of success are different than God’s. He could have a perfectly good plan for how He’s going to use our seeming strike-out. Strike-outs can prepare us for the next thing, for the next opportunity for obedience.
I have to keep getting up to bat and giving it my best. And if my plans don’t unfold the way I imagined they would, I want the graphic under my name to say. “She struck out swinging”.
Thanks for the reminder, Erick. Keep swinging.
So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up. Galatians 6:9 NLT
Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that He has promised. Hebrews 10:36 NLT
We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character and character strengthens our confident hope in salvation. Romans 5:3-4 NLT