Joshua 1:9 “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”

As the summer season winds down, everyone is probably tired, parents may be broke, but most are just ready for a break from baseball right. You all begin to evaluate what you want to do in the fall, the beginning of the new season. Do you ever think about why? Why do you play baseball? Why do you hang out on a field for 2 hours in 97-degree heat?

Did you know that 97% of all American boys at least try to play baseball when they are as young as 3? Did you know that 70% of Americas youth quit playing sports by the time they are 13? Of the 487,000 boys that make it to high school baseball teams, only 11.5% (56,000) go on to play college baseball (all levels; NCAA through JuCo). Only 2.1% (10,227) go on to NCAA Division 1 schools. This past year, there were 7,600 players eligible to go pro and 738 were drafted by the pros, that’s 9.7% of the eligible players. Odds are you’re going pro in something else.

Let’s go back to the first question……Why do you play baseball? The bottom line answer should be because it’s fun. That doesn’t mean not being competitive, you should be able to do both. If you’re not having fun, you’ve got to re-evaluate why you’re doing it. Maybe you have to change a thing or two and get re-committed to it. Our walk as Christians is the same thing. Have we lost the passion to follow God? Are we doing what we started out doing in glorifying God? Have we lost the focus to be our best for God every day? Are we saying the right things but following the path of wrong things? Cool thing is…..God takes 100%…..allow him to recruit you.

PRAYER: God, thank you for always picking us up off the ground when we need a hand. Thank you for loving us more than we deserve. Help us dial it back in to be your servant. Help us have the hard conversations if we need to. Eliminate the fear in our heart to go against the world if it means glorifying you. Amen.

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