Take Me Out To The Ballgame

Well, it’s that time of year.  Baseball season is upon us.  Brayden just finished his first week of practices.  We missed last week’s practices because of the snow.  Yep, that’s right.  One week snow…the next week baseball practice.  Gotta love spring in Virginia!

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This is what we were dealing with Wednesday at practice.  Sophie and I sat in the car and she watched “Wreck It Ralph” while her bubba practiced & daddy coached.  Luckily, we had to leave early 🙂

Although baseball season will turn our schedule upside down, I love going to Brayden’s practices and games (especially when it gets warmer!).   Their team may not set any records, but it’s a lot of fun to watch the boys get better and better as we go further into the season. 

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Baseball is one of those sports that is truly a “team sport”.  You can have a few good hitters on the team, but that can only take you so far.  It takes communication and coordination for the team to play defense.  Good fielding can make all the difference in a game.

Such is life.  As Christians, we can individually try to be the best Christian we can be.  However, if we work together, we can accomplish so much more.  In 1 Corinthians 12, Paul talks about unity and spiritual gifts.  He paints a picture of the church being like a body.  It wouldn’t make much sense for a hand to wish it was a foot, or an eye.  Each part plays an important role and without it, the body wouldn’t be as effective or efficient.  You could use the same illustration for baseball.  Everyone might want to be the pitcher, or short stop, but what happens if there’s no one out in left field???  

Verse twenty-six says, “If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.”

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Brayden’s team won the championship last year.  He didn’t make any home-runs.  However, he showed up to practices, worked hard and did his best in the games.  He contributed to the team.  He did his part.  At the end of the season…he got to rejoice with the team 🙂

When you are serving the Lord, you might not feel that what you do is important…that it’s making a difference.  But it does.  It may not seem like it at the time, and you may not see the benefits until years later, but as long as you are doing your best and serving the Lord, YOU are an important part of the body!  

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