Final Day of Baseball.


{our team extending a hand}

 

Today marks the final day of baseball season for this family.

During the month of July my husband and a group of amazing coaches led thirteen awesome 8- year- old -baseball- lovin boys to victory 16 out of 17 games. Wowsa. What a ride. They hit hard, caught well, ran fast, cheered one another on, gulped gatorade, and accepted trophies for their jobs well done! I’ve never been a witness to a more determined and skilled group of young athletes. I am one proud mama, coach’s wife and friend.

Yep. 16 out of 17 games-winners, winners chicken dinners.

But alas, we met our match today and with teared up eyes and pouty lips…our boys brought home silver. Ohhh dear boys, keep those chins up!

It was good. Character building. A learning experience. Here’s why:

  • Dealing with defeat is humbling …humility is one of the most beautiful yet difficult attributes to achieve in life… James 4:10 reminds us ” Humble yourselves before the lord and He will exalt you”.
  • Losing gives an opportunity to mature and mold good character. Teaching our children to congratulate the other team {no matter what} is vital. Saying “good game”, a pat on the back, and a handshake goes a lot longer than fighting words and actions. Two of my favorite verses come to mind~ “A soft word turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger” Proverbs 15:1….and Luke 6:45 “For out of the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks”.
  • Losing makes winning that much more fun. Sometimes we don’t know what we have until it is…well, lost! Next time, we will bathe in the glory of a winning game and love it that much more. Keeping in mind that “The Lord disciplines those he loves {proverbs 3:12}” so that we know what we have when we have it.

Thanking God for the great game of baseball, an amazing husband, son, coaches, and friends.

Are ya ready for some football? 

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  1. When I was a kid, I would play baseball, then at night would listen to a baseball game on my radio while watching another one on the TV. It just seems more interesting to me than football. Shhhh. don’t tell anyone. 🙂

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