Well, its that time. It’s a time to root through our kid’s baseball gear and open up our spring wardrobe, hoping to bring home a championship title each weekend as we take on the field. Sometimes I think we idolize this refreshing, season with expectations of emotional heights and perfect moments from our kids, but what else is the baseball season for if not a little bit of extra hope and joy? As the cool air settles in and the nights lengthen with extra innings I can’t help but focus on how our boys love each other and bring a positive perspective when one is starting to get drained during long hours at the ball park.
I have no doubt that every one of these boys has become best friends over the Xtreme years. In fact, I’m sure they will be lifelong friends throughout their lives. There is something quite profound about this season of life, when baseball rolls around,and as I parent, I take great pride in these gifts from the Lord. I believe the dugouts are a time of forming identity and making conclusions about what they believe in the world. I can hear their conversations and for me, these are undoubtedly the best times of their lives, surrounded by an environment of uplifting encouragement from one another, let’s just face it, the baseball field is natural soil for making these lifelong friendships.
Matthew 13:1-9 1That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the lake. 2Such large crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat in it, while all the people stood on the shore. 3Then he told them many things in parables, saying: “A farmer went out to sow his seed. 4As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. 5Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. 6But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. 7Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. 8Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop-a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. 9Whoever has ears, let them hear.”
I think we can all learn something from baseball. I think we can all learn something from our boys for that matter. When our life is fast paced and our schedules are packed with life, how do we slow down enough to get to know the people around us? Even as parents, I believe we are all hungry for friendships like these. I also believe that some of our deepest and greatest friendships come from unexpected places. I love how relatable bible verses can intertwine with seasons of our life. Let us never forget what brought our boys together.
“and some seed fell on good soil” ….