What Baseball Taught Me About Life

What Baseball Taught Me About Life

Living in the north, nothing says it’s spring more than the welcome lack of snow in my yard and of course the start of little league baseball. Seeing all the recent Facebook posts of little league parades and munchkins in their uniforms brings back heart-warming memories of cheering my own son and daughter when they were younger. Whether you love it or don’t care for it, the game of baseball can teach us a few things about life: It’s more fun when you participate. If you’ve ever played baseball, and ever watched a game on TV, I’m sure you’ll agree that it’s more fun to play than to watch. Life is a participation sport. Don’t get stuck watching others living life to the fullest via your social media feed. Get in the game of life! Sacrifices are an important part of the game. In baseball, a sacrifice advances someone else at your expense. If you’re a parent, you know what it’s like to spend a sleepless night caring for a sick child, or giving of yourself so that they have what they need. Sacrifices to support those we care about are an important part of life because it helps others know they are loved. Backup those around you. Ever notice what happens when a fly ball goes towards one outfielder in baseball? The next nearest outfielder runs to be a backup. In life, when those around you are extending themselves, be encouraging, be supportive, and be present. You never know when they may need reassurance of your support. Bad seasons end. Bad seasons may feel like they last forever, but they...

5 Nuggets of Wisdom for the Storms of Life

I recently stumbled upon a post I had previously written about wisdom for life’s storms. Dealing with the loss of my dad and coming to terms that this will be the first Father’s Day without him, I appreciated these encouraging “nuggets” myself. For this week’s blog, I’m going to re-share this post in hopes that it blesses you too. Hail, Hydrangeas, and Hope: For years after we moved into our split ranch home in the suburbs, an unassuming hydrangea bush stood almost forgotten in our front yard. The small bush only managed to only spit out a few small pale flowers each year. I’ll be honest, I never gave the bush much thought, nor did I have very high expectations after seeing its lackluster display year after year. Then it happened.  An unexpected severe storm brought down pours, hail and damaging winds, beating the poor bush to a withered heap of torn leaves.  The force of the storm even managed to wash away some of the soil beneath the plant, leaving its roots exposed. I trimmed the branches and poured some new soil around the roots, but I didn’t know if the little bush really had a chance.  Weeks went by after the storm.  One day I pulled in my driveway surprised to find brilliant large blooms of deep blue covering the now strong vibrant bush. The plant stood fuller, stronger, and more radiant than ever before.  Seeing the amazing blooms provided insight into the powerful results of life’s storms. You’re stronger than you think. Life can throw you everything but the kitchen sink. When you lean upon God through...