This is my first attempt at blogging. I’m not much of a writer, but I want to develop the skill and craft of writing. And, I decided that the way to do that was to, well, write. Hopefully, I’ll progressively improve! I’d appreciate any comments/feedback! Thanks!
I don’t like losing—period. I have high standards for myself and I tend to transfer those high standards to the people that are connected with me or represent me. But there are times where that is unhealthy and unreasonable. I can’t be perfect all of the time, I can’t experience a huge win in all the areas of my life all the time. And, neither can my kids, the members of my church, my employees or coworkers. Even though we don’t always experience “the win”, we need to learn to recognize that progress can still feel an awful lot like victory if we learn to quit concentrating on the here and now and start to view life with long-term, eternally-minded goals.
This is my first year as a baseball coach for my 9 year old son’s team. It’s actually our children’s first year playing. To say the least, it’s been an eye-opening experience for me!
I was a catcher on my high school varsity team. I feel like I know the game pretty well. But, the players on my team have little to no experience with the game of baseball. I’ve had to figure out how to explain the game on a child’s level. You know how it is, over time you learn all of the clichés and slang terms for the game. If I tried to communicate baseball to the kids on my level, the kids will have no idea what in the world I’m talking. So I’ve had to really think and try to figure out ways to help them “get it”.
That being said, our season hasn’t started out with a string of victories. We tied our first game with a team with a similar skill level as ours. We lost 14-1 in our second game and 13-1 in our third game—both by the mercy rule. Then there was last night. Last night we played our fourth game against the Reds, the same team that stomped us 14-1 in our second game.
I was so proud of our team!
They hit the ball, made some defensive plays, they were focused (which means they weren’t playing in the grass and dirt most of the time) because they’ve learned to be alert and ready in case the ball is hit their way.
But…we still lost.
Here is why I was still so happy even though we lost. This time the game didn’t end with a 14-1 beatdown because of the mercy rule. We lost 10-7!
We lost—again; but, for some reason, it felt like a huge victory to us! It felt like a huge victory because we saw improvement and progress! We were thrilled because losing by less can still feel like a victory!
We all have areas of our lives where we feel like failures. We struggle at being husbands, fathers, leaders, preachers, administrators—shepherds. We feel like giving up because we’re not what our wife, kids, church, or even God desires us to be.
Today, I want to remind you that making a little progress can feel an awful lot like victory. You may not become her knight in shining armor today; their hero today; their perfect example today. But, you can grow today! You can make some deliberate decisions today to be closer to who God wants to transform you into tomorrow.
Open your Bible and your heart. Bend your knees and your heart. Lean into God with all of your heart—and realize that this life of faith is a journey of growth.
If God is working in your life, remaking you into His image, doing His eternal work in your life; then, losing less can feel like VICTORY!
Praying for you!
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