In Other Words
NOTE: This article is a repost of my recent CWO writing…It just fit the quote so well I couldn’t resist! Also, I ask for your prayers as I go speak at a women’s banquet tonight…I am so excited yet my nerves always want to rise up as the time approaches :)) I’m thanking you in advance!
We are a baseball family and this spring has found us chasing hard after three boys on three ballteams, eating our weight in nachos and hotdogs, and feverishly washing uniforms night after night. The pace is maddening but the boys love the sport and their mom and dad love watching them play it.
With that said, our oldest has had a difficult year. He is on an overcrowded team whom he has never played with before. Translation: He has become a benchwarmer for the first time in his 7 year ‘career’. Now, he is the kind of child that believes about himself what others believe about him. He thinks because he doesn’t get to play that his coaches must not think he is good, therefore he has worked very hard to live down to their expectations. My heart has been broken as I have watched his esteem fall in direct proportion with the number of slots his name has slipped in the batting order.
During his last game he wanted to get a great hit SO badly but he struck out and later was thrown out at first. I knew he was devastated and couldn’t wait to hug his sweet neck after the game. When he came off the field, I put my arm around him and said, “You okay?”. I’ll never forget his reply. “Not really. I didn’t do one significant thing today.”
How often has the enemy fed us that line? “You aren’t good enough, smart enough, pretty enough, talented enough; therefore, you are worthless.” And we hang our heads in agreement and accept whatever implications this will have in our lives. We adopt a mindset to expect rejection, anticipate failure and ultimately live a defeated life because of it.
I see this in my boy’s face as he steps up to bat. He doesn’t believe there is a homerun in him and it kills me because I know there is! I’ve seen that child in action! I’ve seen him earn the coveted game ball in the Little League World Series. I’ve cheered him on as he sent a hit soaring over the outfielders’ heads. I’ve cried my eyes out as he made the play at the plate that won the big game. I know he can but I just don’t know what to do so that he will remember.
I imagine God gets just as frustrated. He’s got to bang His enormous head against the walls of the Beautiful City. “I know you can do this! Don’t you remember what we have been through together? What else could I possibly do to prove to You I love you? How many more times do I have to provide before you have faith that I will always meet your needs? When are you going to accept that I am enough, that I am Who makes you significant?”
I had a long talk with my precious boy. “Who are the most important people in your life?”, I asked. He answered appropriately with, “God first, then you and dad”. Good answer. “Well God, me, and dad think you are Chipper Jones, Andruw Jones, and Javier Lopez all rolled into one, baby boy, and don’t you let someone who is not the most important person in your life make you ever think otherwise. You choose to believe who loves you most.” As soon as those words came out of my mouth I realized they were a God-inspired answer. We have to make a concious choice every single day to whose voice we will give power. Will it be the Father of Lies or the Voice of Truth? (Love that Casting Crowns song) Because let me say to you that if we choose the Lie, then he has gained all he ever wanted: precedence in our hearts and minds over God.
Dear Ones, choose to believe the One who loves you most! Choose the voice of the One who is on your side, the One who knows you are Esther, and Mary, and Hannah all rolled into one. He knows your heart and through Him what you are capable of and will not rest until you are convinced you are enough because He is enough.
I believe along with God that you have a homerun in you yet. Batter up!
2 Chronicles 20:20 “Listen to me, all you people of Judah and Jerusalem! Believe in the Lord your God, and you will be able to stand firm. Believe in his prophets, and you will succeed.”
A little sidenote: Just got a call from the ballfield – MY BOY just crushed a ball into left field and was batted in to score the first and only run of the game! I do believe he has heard the Voice of Truth!
For more responses to In Other Words, visit Christine at Fruit In Season. This topic is one that really strikes a chord in women and I know, Christine, that your choosing of this quote is Spirit led!
Will be praying for the peace of God to surround you. Have fun my dolla friend. Preach it sista!!!!! love always me
Amen, batter up.
Anything that good deserves a re-run. :)
Lord, I lift up Lisa as she does your will today. Please guide her steps along Your illuminated path. In Jesus’ name–Amen.
Now, how did I possibly miss this one the first time around??? I’ve got to go and re-check my blogline feeds!
Very well said, as usual, and “Way to go!” to son #1. We struggled with the batting this year too, up until the last tournament, then he hit 8 out of 9. The first year of curves, breaking balls etc… I’m guessing it’s the same over there since both our boys are the same age. Well, next year, they’ll be the big boys and THEY will be the ones at the top of the stat sheets!
I loved this when you first posted it and I still love it! Thanks for sharing it again. Blessings on this weekend.
I love that you said we should listen to the Voice of Truth. It reminds me of that Casting Crowns song, which spoke so powerfully to me over the last few years. My whole world just collapsed in on me, and for the first time in my life, I wasn’t sure if I could believe God anymore. Thankfully, His Voice is louder than the enemies or my own. And His Word accomplishes much! I’m so thankful He speaks truth over us and offers us the chance to listen.
Thank you for sharing your post and insight.
In his endless love,
Angel ( Angel Mama Pearls of Wisdom)
Awesome! Actually I knew this was the quote I was using when I read this post on CWO and I recognized the connection then. I love your writing and the way you share your family with us!
Makes me want to hug that child and tell him how I watched him EXCEL in his studies at school! That boy racked up on awards yesterday!! I know how proud you must have felt to see all 3 of your boys get awards!
Tell him to not give up…valleys are there for a reason!
Lisa- always inspiring for me. I have kids in sports and I loved the line “don’t you let someone who is not the most important person in your life make you ever think otherwise. You choose to believe who loves you most.” This is a new way of thinking for me. I can so easily get discouraged about what people say about me.
PS I also love that Casting Crowns song!
You choose to believe who loves you most.
Lisa, this is huge.
Your words have really blessed me today. You have a way of letting the good stuff rise to the top!
Great post from a Mom after God’s own heart!
Even better the second time around!! Praying for you as you go minister tonight!
The devil is a liar! but we sometimes listen. thanks for the reminder.
This brought tears to my eyes! How true indeed! I read another blog today speaking on the ‘Are we there yet?’ mentality we get into in our spiritual lifes. If we think “I haven’t done anything significant yet” and we are so focused on whether we are ‘there yet or not’, we lose big time. Our enemy is such a pain!! I am glad I have found a few blogs to refresh me and redirect me. I am so ready for a local Bible Study – I am literally drooling (ok – figuratively). :o) I also pray for a double blessing and that it will be Beth Moore! :o)
Thanks for your words of truth today.
When I read this at CWO I thought it was the perfect post for this quote. Glad you reposted it. :)
I need to get my act together and write my IOW posts again. My bad :(
“I believe along with God that you have a homerun in you yet. Batter up!”
Love it! Wonderful post!
This may not have made anyone else cry their eyes out, but I did. I totally understand how this hurts your heart. I am so proud of all three of your ballplayers and count it a privilege that two of them have been on our team. By the way, DM got 2 hits last night. Thats what happens when a couch never gives up on his player and that player never gives up. Even though we took our first and only loss of the season, I was so proud of them.
Thank you for your message–I needed to hear it tonight. Amazing how God can work through the internet. Batter up!