Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Heeeeey, Batter, Batter....

Have you ever noticed when at bat, sometimes players accidentally let go of the bat with their swing? It makes me laugh when they stop, and quizzically look at their hands. Like, hey, who just let go of my bat? Then they go get more rosin or clap their hands, and shake their heads, wondering what happened. (Note: in this picture-the bat was just thrown in frustration. Not what I mean.)



Or I'm walking along and trip. I frown and look at my feet and stare at the smooth concrete, like how dare you make me trip. Then glance around to see if anyone saw me. Snicker...



"Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flow the springs of life. Let your eyes look directly ahead ,and let your gaze be fixed straight in front of you. Watch the path of your feet, and all your ways will be established." Proverbs 4:23, 25-26



Why, when I goof up, I first tend to blame it on circumstances, others, or "just couldn't help it?" Why, when I know my heart, head, mouth or focus was not in the right place?



May I hold tight and concentrate on the bat at hand.



Photo: Seattle Times newsource. (B. J. Upton)

9 comments:

Laura said...

I like that verse -- "Watch the path of your feet."

Parsley said...

Holding onto the bat until my fingers turn white and hurt!

alicia said...

First I chuckled- I do the bat thing and the tripping thing. But then I so saw myself in the mirror- yes, so quick to blame others or other circumstances for my own folly.
Thanks for this!

Emily Ann Benedict said...

It's so easy to blame someone/something else! Especially when the only other option is to apologize. :P

Karen said...

Laura, me too.

Parsley, I've been white-knucled alot! :)

Alicia, isn't that funny how we do. If we can laugh, we can change.

Emily Ann, you are so right.

Libbie said...

I am working on that with myself becaue it is hard to tell Annie to TAK ERESPONSBILITY FOR YOUR OWN ACTIONS if I don't :)

Usually I get blamed for her mistakes to...yeah...we are working on that :)

Melinda said...

Good reminder, Karen. So, so true. Keeping our focus in the right place and on the right Person is everything.

Went to the Rays game yesterday -- they finally won! It's been a little brutal lately! ;0)

Karen said...

LIbbie, chuckle....I understand.

Melinda, thanks-we didn't win tonight, yuk-no hitter. I can't believe it!

Hilary said...

You never fail to amaze me with how you find substance in the everyday acts.