I’m going to premise this story by making sure you all know that I’m a Rockies fan. Most people who know me already know just how crazy I am for this team, but not everyone else will. While writing this, I’m wearing a Rockies shirt that I got back when I was freshman or sophomore in high school which to tell the truth, I would wear every single day if I could. About half of my wardrobe is probably baseball stuff and yes, I even have purple and grey shoes to match.
So, if anyone is following baseball as hard core as I am, you know that my Rockies did not make it into the postseason at all this season. Hearbreak! Actually, as optimistic to the very end as I normally am, I almost knew they wouldn’t make it this year. We had too many injuries and a complete mess both offensively and defensively. Now, I can’t watch the games at my apartment because we don’t get the right channel (you can imagine how horrible that is for me), but I have always had the score up on my computer for the games at least. Every game….until I realized they had no chance for postseason. Then to be honest, I gave up on them. I don’t normally do that, but this time I did. I think I almost didn’t want to watch the disappointment. I still stayed up to date on how they were doing, because as a true fan, I can’t actually make myself stop that habit, but I didn’t race to get home to know the score this last part of the season.
My question for you is, how often do we do this in life? If you’re a Christian, how often do you do this in your Christian walk? I know I get discouraged, and just like my struggle with the Rockies, I give up on things. I work hard to stay optimistic and typically it helps. I used to be a lot worse than I am now, but I still struggle. My point is, when life gets rough and your team is 3 runs down in the bottom of the 9th inning, don’t give up. There’s still time left. You might make a mistake in life, but like that game, there are at least three more outs to play. You’ve got time to make it up. Just make sure that you do pick up that bat again and go for the win. Like Paul said in 1 Corinthians 9:24, “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.” Don’t give up before the race (or game) is over. When I started writing this, the Rockies finished their last game of the 2011 season. It was hard to accept. But, I’ve learned my lesson. I’m not giving up on them yet. They can make it up. And just like I won’t give up on my team, I’m not going to give up on myself either. I will be running so as to get the prize. It’s not over till the very last out.