Sometimes life throws you curveballs.
And sometimes life throws you curveball after curveball.
So what do you do when you’ve trained and prepped and worked diligently only to hear, “three strikes, you’re out!” echo over the loudspeaker; you take the walk of shame in front of the crowd; and coach not so subtly lets you know, “you’re benched”?
While I don’t actually play baseball, I do know what it feels like to be sidelined, to fall short, and to lose.
I know what it feels like to pour my heart and soul into something only to be rejected.
I know what it feels like to stand and fight only to be knocked down.
I know what it feels like to risk and fail.
I know what it feels like to overcome one obstacle only to face seven more.
I know what it feels like to be overwhelmed, passed over, and beaten down.
I know what it feels like to grow discouraged and give up.
And I know what it feels like to get up again.
2 Corinthians 4:8-9
We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.
No matter what battle you’re fighting, what obstacle you’re facing, or what score you’re batting, you have what it takes. God is with you, you will not be overcome.
Even if you’re not a baseball fan, you’ve probably heard of Babe Ruth. He was notorious for both striking out and hitting home runs. In fact, many major league baseball players famous for home runs have a high number of strikeouts.
Why is this?
In order to hit the ball hard and fast enough to go sailing past left field, the batter can have no hesitation and has to simply go for it. Instead of growing discouraged every time he struck out, Babe Ruth said, “Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.”
It was this crazy confidence that made him a legend.
When all the odds are stacked against you and you feel like you don’t stand a chance,
When you fall, rise again. When you’ve struck out, choose to bat again. When you’re bloodied and battle worn, stand up once more.
And while you may have lost today, you can win tomorrow. It’s not a matter of trying and never failing. Rather, try and fail until you succeed.
The battle’s not over until it’s over.
Refuse to quit
You are unbeaten.