“Job got to his feet, ripped his robe, shaved his head, then fell to the ground and worshiped: Naked I came from my mother’s womb, naked I’ll return to the womb of the earth. GOD gives, GOD takes. God’s name be ever blessed. Not once through all this did Job sin; not once did he blame God.”
As a professional baseball scout for 28 years, I encounter many high school and college baseball players who experience serious injuries and loss. Many of these are young 16-21 year old pitchers, who dream about becoming a Major League Baseball player. Most are talented or I would not be there scouting them.
Then, with one pitch, it happens. They feel something in their arm that’s not right, and the worst news becomes reality. Their hopes become dashed. Their dreams become nightmares. Often times, at that very moment, their thoughts of becoming a Major League Baseball player becomes a distant memory, wondering if they will ever return to the game they love and questioning whether their talent and ability will ever be the same.
I’ve watched athletes blow out their arms, knees, Achilles tendon, fractured backs, lose parents, girlfriends, spouses, etc. The list can be endless. At that moment, each is forced into a decision. They can go one of two directions. One leads to hope and success, and one leads to failure and regret. One is wise and one is foolish. I’ve watched and experienced athletes taking each of these roads.
In the Bible, the story of Job is a real story. It’s an actual story of a man who nearly lost everything. One day it was there, the next day it was gone. One day he was on the mountain top, the next day he was in the ditch. One day he was the windshield, the next day he was the bug. It happens. And it’s called…”Life.”
However, Job chose wisely. Job chose to worship God, not turn his back on God or blame God. Job chose to “visit” his grief, loss and pain – not to allow it to “move in” and take up residence. Like all of us, Job had the choice of those same two roads. He chose wisely!
I’m not sure what hardship, loss or setback you’re enduring today; however, here is what I do know. Your choice will determine your outcome. Your attitude will determine your altitude. I gently remind you to remember: The pain of discipline is always [less] than the pain of regret. Please chose wisely!
God loves you! He has a special plan for you as you walk through whatever valley you’re going through. It is your journey, however He is with you. Trust Him. Stay faithful to Him and Obey Him.
In His Grip,
Kevin Burrell has worked in professional baseball as both a player and MLB scout for the past 38 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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