FROM THE PULPIT: Never give up

Published: Monday, January 14, 2013 at 04:59 PM.

Some years ago, I played on a church softball team. Each summer, we would don our church uniform — a T-shirt with the church name on it and a ball cap — and hit the field.

Practices were sometimes grueling, especially for the older guys; you know, the 45-plus age group. Knees would crack and moans were uttered, as were complaints of having to stretch too far to catch the ball.

Now that I’m way past that age group, I understand their irritations!

But back then, I was my harshest critic. When I didn’t play well, I didn’t need the coach to tell me. I knew. There were times I simply wanted to give up.

The coach would tell me, “Don’t ever give up!” Although it was easy for him to say, it was hard for me to hear.

One time, this coach’s point resonated. 

During a game when I was not doing particularly well, I was at bat and swung at a pitch that I was sure would go over the fence. As the grounder I hit made its way to the shortstop at a snail’s pace, I muttered under my breath and half-heartedly ran toward first base, knowing I wouldn’t make it before the shortstop threw the ball to first base. I was tagged out.

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