Monday, July 29, 2013

Lessons from the softball field: Part 1.....

During my little summer blogging break, I'd thought I'd share a repost of this little 2-part series with you about some things I learned from our church softball team a couple years back! 

A couple of weeks ago, I headed to the field with my husband to watch him play with our church softball team. I was under the impression that I was to simply be a cheerleader and spectator!! I was wrong! It turns out that our team didn't have enough members, and they needed ME to play! Yikes! I am not a softball player. Sure, I can catch and throw a little bit, but I cannot hit! I get very nervous when it's my turn up to bat. It's a very high pressure situation! Everyone is depending on me to hit that ball and get on base! And it's so embarrassing when I strike out (every time!!). Thankfully, the fans and team members are very forgiving and supportive even when I fail them!

We often find ourselves in stressful situations in life as well. There are times when we are all alone in a decision or trial, and all eyes are on us! We can feel like a failure when we strike out (again). However, there's good news! We are not all alone! We have an all-powerful Father who gives us the strength, wisdom, and grace we need to be successful. Yes, there may be times in which we are required to step out, alone, in faith, but He promises to "never leave or forsake us."

There are also spectators in our spiritual lives. There are those who will be inspired by us to walk in faith. They will learn from our mistakes, and grow in their own relationship with the Lord. And there are spectators who will cheer us on. They will relate with the struggles we face, and encourage us to "hit a home run". They will pray and support us in this "game" of life.

 Hebrews 12:1 says, "Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us."

Stepping up to life's plate, isn't nearly so intimidating when we remember we have the arms of an Almighty God to help us swing, and the cheers of our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ to help us round the bases! Don't miss the next lesson from the outfield on Thursday! Subscribe here!
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Mike said...

Thanks, Rachel!!! I really needed that today!

Carolee Sperry said...

Great post- good luck with the team!

I'm off to read todays post....

Have a great day!