I never wanted to be a big-league ball player.
Why Is That?
I was never any good. In fact, I wasn’t any good at several sports.
- Baseball: couldn’t hit, field, or throw.
- Golf: lowest score is an 87, clubs in the attic.
- Tennis: couldn’t find the sweet spot.
- Hockey: never tried, assuming I wouldn’t have been a star.
- Swimming: love to swim, but competitive swimming?
Five sports in which I didn’t get trophies, scholarships or professional sponsors.
Didn’t Try Hard Enough?
Optimism is good. Some say if you hold on to your dream, work hard enough and never give up, that you will succeed. Maybe. But at 7’-1” and 260 pounds, Shaquille O’Neal could never have won the Kentucky Derby. No matter how optimistic, he was never going to be a winning jockey.
I was never going to play for the Los Angeles Lakers, or quarterback the Dallas Cowboys, or beat Jack Nicholas’s record of 18 major golf tournaments.
At age 61, the dream is probably over.
Now Jesus, Matthew 9:36
“When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.”
Some of us didn’t become super-stars, or even stars. In fact, some of us became lost sheep, suffering life’s harassing hardships, and needing a helping hand.
As I watch our Houston Astros in the World Series, I’m glad they were blessed with the gifts, opportunities, and drive to succeed at that level.
I never wanted to be a big-league ball player. I’m happy being a rescued sheep.