Curveballs!! When the Pitcher Life Throws Curveballs, I Almost Always Strike Out!

Google dictionary says, curve·ball  Noun:  A ball that is pitched with a snap of the wrist and a strong downward spin, which causes the ball to drop suddenly and deceptively veer away from home plate.

Now I don’t know much about baseball but I once heard someone say that it’s the curveballs that he struck out on, he did great as long as the pitcher didn’t throw a curve ball.

Strong downward spin, drop suddenly, deceptively veer away from home plate three little statements but words so powerful!  Why is it so hard to hit a curveball?  How long does it take to learn to hit it?  And, how do pitchers learn to throw them so well?!

Life is a very proficient pitcher!  It throws very challenging curveballs!

A dying friend or loved one
Nieces in hospitals
Sick children
Blown transmissions
Learning disabilities
Aging parents
Behind in school work
Over-due bills
Children moving away
Heavy work loads
Long hours
Messy houses
Mountains of laundry
Fights with your spouse
Fights with your kids
Leaking roofs
The death of a beloved pet
Exhaustion or illness
Leaking faucets and dishwashers that flood cabinets
Traveling husbands
Microwaves that turn on when you open the door
Broken cars, appliances and/or household or office equipment

Almost every time I’m thrown a curveball I fail yet again!  I swing, cursing the situation, -strike one!  I swing again, I lose it, rant and rave, take it out on hubby and the kids - strike two!  I swing a final time, complain, grumble moan and have a pity party, my heart filled with resentment and anger – strike three!  YOUR OUT!!!

WHY?!  Why can’t I swing with grace?  Why can’t I swing with a grateful heart overflowing with gratitude for all the wonderful blessings in my life?  Why can’t I hit a home run by glorifying God and praising His name in the face of a challenge?  WHY?!  What is wrong with me?  So many others not only hit home runs, but hit them out of the park!  Why can’t I learn how to hit home runs?  How do I become a GREAT ATHLETE in this game of life?  I so want to make it to home plate!

The Vancouver Province asked these questions, “What is it that makes a good athlete great? Is it the 10,000 hours of training experts say is needed to make it to the top? Or are elite athletes genetically destined to excel?”  They continue to ponder these questions by studying specific sports and talking with experts.  Maybe I should talk with experts.

The more I read I came to believe I need to put in my 10,000 hours of practice!  Practice that includes workouts with self control, a grateful heart, love, compassion and empathy.  I know that I’m genetically destined to excel because I am wonderfully made in the image and likeness of God.  And, in the depths of my soul I KNOW that I MUST spend time working with the Almighty Coach Himself.  For He can teach the skills I need for greatness.  He understands me and can motivate me.  He is tough but fair and loving.  He doesn’t yell or put me down.  He is continually willing to forgive and teach me despite my weaknesses and poor choices.   And, when all else fails He can make me laugh at myself!

So the question becomes not why can’t I do it but am I willing to?  Am I willing to put in my 10,000 hours of practice?  Am I willing to go to the Head Coach, ask for help and work out until it hurts?  Am I willing to admit my faults and stubbornness to myself and the Coach?  Do I really WANT to become the great and successful life athlete I’m genetically designed to become?


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