With baseball season here, my mind floods with many great memories. Whether it is the 22 hour Judson Patridge family bus ride to Florida for spring baseball or now watching my 2 boys play college ball, the memories are abundant and the experiences stellar. But I do recall a time when I was reluctant to give high school baseball a shot. I remember a time when one of my sons wasn’t sure he was good enough for a new team he was on. Fear, doubts, anxieties, and lack of confidence are found in baseball and in many areas of life.
This spring, as a new baseball season begins and evidence of new life is found everywhere, consider reviewing your life goals and your participation in the game of life. My high school senior daughter is practicing these days for a song she’s singing at school. Among it’s sad lyrics is one line that stood out to me – “there were so many things I intended to do with you” – sung from the vantage point of the mother. That’s life, isn’t it? There are so many things that we intend to do and don’t do them. Some of those are things are better left not pursuing. However, there are many life pursuits that you and I should be aggressively pursuing. Those baseball memories I have wouldn’t have ever happened if the goal of getting in the game weren’t pursued.
What are they for you? Maybe it’s writing a book, or losing that 40 pounds, or restoring that broken relationship, or traveling to a dream place, or learning that language, or leading someone into a relationship with Jesus, or getting involved in service at your church or community, or signing up for dance lessons, or going on that missions trip, or…
There are lots of steps in accomplishing these life endeavors. However, here are 3 to get you started.
- Pray. Simply asking God to give you the right desires, vision, will power and resources to make these life endeavors achievable.
- Tell a trusted friend. You need someone to check in on you, pray for and with you, and to give you a shove along the path. Coaches do that in baseball and friends do that in life.
- Put together a first five get started list. I have no idea where the phrase “you eat an elephant one bite at a time” came from, but it actually is true. Big elephants seem overwhelming until you get started. Put together a First Five list. What are the first five things you need to do to get in the game?
If you’re worried about what lies ahead, don’t be. Jeremiah 29:11 says that God’s got you. For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Get in the game, friend, because there is a great prosperous, hopeful plan for your life ahead! Play ball!
-Eric Rojas, Class of 1990, Executive Pastor at Christ Community Church in St. Charles, IL