It's Not How You Start, It's Who You Become
My 7 year old son just finished his little league baseball season. His team was put together last minute, many of the players had never played baseball, or they barely made the cut off age for that division. Needless to say, they weren’t very good.
To give you a completely honest, motherhood confession, the first month, I was dreading the games and even the practices. It’s hard enough being a working mom some days, but then to spend your weeknights and weekends in 90 degree heat watching a bunch of kids pick at the grass, catch butterflies, give the coaches attitude, cry because they struck out (my son being one of them), all while lugging around your toddler during dinner time or nap time, was not ideal. Can any other parents relate? The kids seemed lost and the parents discouraged.
But then I started noticing something. Week to week, the kids started to improve in their skill, attitude, sportsmanship, and passion. The coaches familiarized themselves with each kid’s strengths, weaknesses, and personalities. The parents started becoming friends and getting excited about the games. And I had found my rhythm with my work schedule, packing the snacks, bringing my set-up for shade, and even my 2 year old daughter was less clingy making it easier to spend three hours at the park, a few times a week. We all transformed into a spirited and family style baseball crew, and guess what? We started winning games! We actually made it all the way to the championship game!
Although we ended up losing that game, we celebrated the fact that the team had improved tremendously, that these underdogs battled their way straight to the top, and in the end, they had the loudest fans cheering them on.
It reminded me how sometimes we go through this journey in other areas of our lives, where we lack hope, feel stuck or overwhelmed, have no idea if things will get better or what the ending looks like. Those seasons where jobs feel purposeless, your marriage is falling apart, your teenagers are walking away from the Lord and you, your identity is fading, maybe you're battling cancer, maybe you're in your 40’s and single, your finances are upside down...the list can go on and on, just like the days do, and you’re just going through the motions. Needless to say, things in your life aren’t very good.
But that's not what God wants for us. God does nothing by accident and He wants to bring meaning to the seasons in our life.
In Philippians 1: 6 it says,
I am confident that the Creator, who has begun such a great work among you, will not stop in mid-design but will keep perfecting you until the day Jesus the Anointed, our Liberating King, returns to redeem the world.
God has amazing plans for you (Jeremiah 29:11) but meanwhile, He asks us to stay the course and allow transformation to happen.
Create in me a clean heart, O God; restore within me a sense of being brand new. Psalm 51:10
Maybe you’re like my 7 year old son, maybe you’re me in your journey. No matter where you’re at, I pray that you would meditate on God’s truths and let it give you freedom to keep going and keep growing. Because you too have the loudest fan cheering you on, Jesus.