I played baseball for the majority of my life.
I used to could hit just about any pitch that was thrown…except the curveball.
It locked my knees, got me on my heels…
and got me every time.
But here's the truth about it…
Curveballs were inevitable. Guys were going to throw them…
and guess what?
Life is gonna throw them as well.
We can't escape curveballs…we can't escape crises in life.
What matters is how we prepare ourselves to handle adversities when they come and how we react when they arrive.
WIll you buckle your knees and lean back on your heels?
Or will you lock in, take a breath and lace a linedrive into the outfield?
Are you going to adapt and push through, will you spend the rest of your life avoiding curveballs or will you just quit playing altogether?
Most quit…because it's easier…Less risk…hit the eject button and hide behind juvenile behavior.
What it takes is determination…maybe in my pastor's words…"a little sticktoitness"
The baseball player without determination will always remain a one dimensional hitter. Hitting the fastballs and the sliders but never working hard enough to hit the curveballs…
Meeting the challenges before us requires putting in the time and hard work to gain the skills needed.
The determined man is a growing man. And such growth begins when we honestly confront our limitations and our failures.