This Too Shall Pass
For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven. A time to be born and a time to die.
No matter what sport you play or coach, there is a new season that rolls around every year. The win / loss record turns the page and starts all over again. In life, as in sports, there is a season for everything. Regardless of what you are experiencing, going through today or in the future; whether good or not so good, it is important to keep a positive perspective. Keep your hand to the plow and keep making progress. Not perfection, but progress.
I’m reminded every day that people become parents and lose parents, have children and lose children, get married and get divorced, get a job or lose a job, start a career or end a career. Athletes have great seasons, become MVP’s, have great success, or get injured, moved, released or re-signed. Coaches are hired, win championships, have great influence, or have losing seasons, get fired or reassigned. Yes, there is a time for every thing and every activity under heaven.
Not long ago, I was observing the ocean from a hotel balcony. It was a beautiful day. The ocean clear, calm and peaceful. However, in the far distance, there was a storm building. You could see it rolling in slowly. Dark clouds, wind, rain and lightning. In no time, this beautiful day turned ugly and nasty for a period of time. However, it didn’t last long. Within an hour the storm had passed and the sun and beautiful weather returned again.
So this week, regardless of what you’re experiencing, going through or about to go through, remember that it’s only for a time. I encourage you to stay the course. Don’t quit. Don’t run away. Don’t give in. Don’t give up. Don’t throw in the towel. Embrace the good with the ugly. I assure you, it will pass. God knows. He sees and He hears. He will always walk through whatever challenging time or season you’re enduring right now. He will never leave or forsake His children.
Have a great week!
Kevin Burrell has worked in professional baseball as both a player and MLB scout for the past 37 years, and currently serves on staff with the Chicago White Sox as an area scouting supervisor. Kevin was drafted in the 1st round of the 1981 free agent amateur draft (25th selection overall) by the Boston Red Sox, and played ten years of professional baseball with four different organizations. He and his wife, Valerie, live in Sharpsburg, Ga. with their two children.
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