It’s Springtime…and it’s time to play some Baseball…
I am getting close to checking into a Prison Camp. I have been so worried and upset about going to Camp that I haven’t realized it is springtime and it’s time to start thinking about Baseball…I have loved playing and watching baseball since I was a small boy. I loved everything about it. I would play until it was too dark outside to see the ball. I, like most boys, grew up wanting to play in the major leagues. I wasn’t good enough, but I have always loved watching the game.
One of the most exciting things that happens in baseball is when a base runner attempts to steal a base. Every eye in the house is on the runner… everyone is wondering will he make it. It becomes a very tense game of cat and mouse between the runner, the pitcher, and the catcher.
But one thing is certain “You can’t steal second with your foot on first” To get to second you’ve got to take a chance…. Sometime in life, just like baseball, you get thrown out trying to make the play. When you’re thrown out, you no longer get to keep running the bases and your chance of making it home and scoring a run have ended, You have to run back to the dugout and, in fact, you feel like a failure. But getting thrown out isn’t the end of the world, in fact, it isn’t even the end of the game. Chances are very good that you will get another chance to bat again and maybe at that bat you will knock it out of the park.
The same is true in life…sometime we make a mistake and get thrown out at second, but at that point we have to make a choice. Do we keep our heads up and run back to the dugout with a hope that we will get to bat again. or do we walk past the dugout and decide never to play again? Does that failure challenge us to try harder and to be better the next time we come up to bat? I think we all do better in life when we accept the challenge, return to the dugout, and get ready for our next time at the plate.
I’m not saying that a Prison Camp is a better place than being home, but I am saying that I can make it a good place for me at this time in my life. With the help of many friends and loved ones I am committed to making the best of this experience. I am not giving up on my dreams and aspirations. In fact, I am going to move towards them at a fast pace, bound and determined to leave the camp a better man and better prepared for the remainder of my life. I am running into the dugout and I am going to stay in the game of life with the faith that I will do better because I made the most of my Camp experience.
So I hope that you will enjoy this journey with me. I know that I will have a lot of good things to learn and do while I am away from the comforts of home. I hope that some of the things that I share here will be interesting and helpful to you. So step right up to home plate and let’s take a swing for the fences.