When I was 9 years old, I had the opportunity to play little league baseball. Being raised in a football family, I knew absolutely nothing about baseball. But I liked the uniform and glove, so off I went. My very first at bat, I faced the fastest 12 year old pitcher in the league. I will admit I was terrified, and with good reason … the first pitch was hurled at lightning speed and I could think of nothing but trying to save myself by running away…which meant the baseball hit me right in the middle of the back. As I cried and limped my way to first base, I realized something – I was actually on base. I made it to first base on my very first at bat!
That experience taught me a few things (beyond realizing I did NOT like baseball): Life throws things our way that require courage… and sometimes a little pain. But it really is more about the journey, experiencing the moment we are in (not the one before or the one that will come), and getting the most out of it. I couldn’t tell you if we won a single game that year, but I know that summer taught me about resilience – the ability to bounce back even when you have been smacked square in the middle of the back!
No matter what you face … new opportunities like a new school, a new job, or even witnessing to a friend … you have the courage within to conquer it!
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6
Have courage … to conquer the unknown; to be kind no matter what; to get back up no matter how many times you get knocked down; to face your fear and never let it be an excuse. This journey we are on definitely takes courage…. but we have what it takes!