I play on a softball team & we aren’t very good. But we have HEAPS of fun & one of the things I like the most about our team is that we include everyone, full stop. Additionally, we’re really encouraging & help each other with sharing equipment, being patient with the learning curve & applauding effort not just achievement. I think anyone could play on our team & likely have a great time.
Would that we could take this mindset into our daily living to be a encouraging, inclusive, supportive & helpful!Instead of being concerned about being excluded, maybe it would be better to work at being inclusive with gentle attention & care 🙂
The snow was sifting slowly to the ground and my breath was forming mini-clouds to welcome the tiny flakes on their descent. This is a friendly way to say that last night was very cold for playing softball. To make it even more thrilling and chilling, we had a double header & our final game concluded just before 10pm. I felt like a popsicle as my feet shuffled me to the car. I learned some very good lessons from last night’s adventure:
have FUN!! Despite the cold, snow and losing both games, it’s fun to get outside, banter, encourage and move my aging body for a little exercise!
look to serve: our team joined a rec league, so it’s not highly competitive. This makes it all the more enjoyable to serve the other team and look for ways to be helpful – carrying gear, collecting foul balls, sharing equipment, etc
be encouraging more than competitve: this is a big one for me. If I go down the competitive trail (which is more my natural instinct), it’s less enjoyable than when I stay in an encouragment groove.
God can teach us many wonderful lessons, using a variety of contexts and circumstances. Let’s be willing and eager learners!
Last night, I got to play on the softball team w my church & it was LOTS of fun!!However, I felt not just a little awkward because I was the pitcher & I’ve never pitched before. So it was a vertical learning curve for me & some parts were just flat out ugly.
And sometimes following God doesn’t feel smooth or suave.Indeed, a lot of times when I follow God, I feel uncomfortable & awkward. But I’d prefer to follow God & feel awkward rather than not follow God & feel suave. And maybe that’s the whole point:following God isn’t about our feelings but rather about obedience, full stop. Following God will likely make your flesh feel awkward & uncomfortable, but follow God nonetheless. I’d rather follow God & have my flesh be uncomfortable rather than not follow God & have my flesh be comfortable 🙂