TRUE TALK: Best advice I’ve ever received | North Augusta

I like baseball. With all its quirks, there’s nothing else quite like it. It’s a game where the defense holds the ball, and there is no timer.

The best hitters in the game only hit 30% of the time, and the dimensions of each stadium are different. Even if you find your team down 20 points in the bottom of the ninth with two outs, there’s still a chance to come back until that final out is made.

One of the highlights of my playing days was when my 12-year-old all-star team won the state championship to qualify for the Dixie Youth World Series. The biggest part about it for me was that because we kept progressing, we were able to keep playing baseball all summer.

There was no travel ball or fall baseball at that time. If there was, it was just a rumor from a distant utopia. Of course, I liked to play other sports, but they were really used as exercise to stay in shape for baseball season. Major League Hall of Famer Rogers Hornsby put it this way: “People ask me what I do in the winter when there’s no baseball. I’ll tell you what I do. I look out the window and wait for spring.

The most famous baseball quote generator is Hall of Fame catcher Yogi Berra – known for his sometimes deep, often confusing sound bites. He said, “Baseball is 90 percent mental, the other half is physical.” The math may not add up to that one, but the sentiment does, as baseball is often referred to as a “thinking man’s game.”

To an untrained eye, the game might seem slow and boring. Don’t let the moments of stillness fool you – there is tension. With every throw, each player has a myriad of potential liabilities depending on the outcome. With footsteps and exit speeds of over 100 mph, there’s no time to think. Blink and you’ll miss it. Another Yogi Berra gem – “Think?! How are you supposed to think and strike at the same time?”

To be successful in baseball, you need to know exactly what to do in every situation before it happens. Former Major League player Tommy Henrich said, “Catching a ball is fun, but knowing what to do with it after you catch it is a business.” Through discipline, training and experience, you know what to do in every situation before it happens.

The best life advice I’ve ever received reflects the key to success in baseball. My dad told me to know what I would do in any situation before I got into it. Temptation attacks us from all sides, but you can diffuse these situations by engaging in the right game before you have to. Pastor Andy Stanley has often said that who you are comes before what you do. Know who you are in Christ. Know what you will or will not do without waiting to be persuaded at the time of temptation.

I have had great successes following this advice and great failures ignoring it. Fortunately, hope is not lost in these failures – grace abounds.

“…God ​​was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting the sins of people against them. And he gave us the message of reconciliation. 2 Corinthians 5:19

Just like baseball, through discipline, training, and experience, we can be prepared for any situation by filling our hearts and minds with scripture and praise. King David agreed:

“I have hidden your word in my heart so as not to sin against you. » Psalm 119:11

Jared Parker Bell is the director of TrueNorth Church in North Augusta. For more information, visit truenorthchurch.com.

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Jared Parker Bell is the director of TrueNorth Church in North Augusta. For more information, visit truenorthchurch.com.