I took my daughter and one of the teenagers from church and headed to the softball park for our first game of the year. We lost 13-3. What hurts is to know we were up 3-2 going into the 4th inning and the coach yanked the starters and gave the bench some pt.
There would have been a time in my life that I would have been really bummed out about that loss. You see, my name is Chad and I'm a recovering competitive athlete. There was a day that I did anything short of cheat to win. I hated to lose. But my desire to come out victorious is just not what it used to be. But I guess that's a good thing. When I really look at the core of competition, it's the whole mentality that "I'm better than you and I'm about to beat your tail." For some reason I can't see Jesus rolling up his sleeves and trying to go "yard" on some middle aged pitcher just to prove how long he can hit a softball.
We live in a culture that tells our kids that competition is good. It builds character and provides a team building experience. Does it? Or does it simply play to their prideful, egotistical nature that needs a good spanking?
Don't get me wrong. I'll probably show up next week but my focus has drastically changed over the years. Besides, I'm out of shape and can't seem to hit the ball over the third baseman's head.