Disclaimer: Even though I live in Arizona, my husband and I spent our first date and many afterwards at Fenway Park, and I can tell you emphatically that once a Red Sox fan, always a Red Sox fan!
Boston’s first triumphant victory in their home stadium since 1918 was a glorious win for this courageous city! Especially since overcoming an uphill battle that seemed insurmountable at the beginning of the year. Considered to be the worst team in baseball, April’s Boston marathon tragedy made that fact appear trivial. Putting everything in perspective, who cared??? Baseball’s only a game.
This World Series win then became a glorious metaphor of life, for there are at least five major points that we can derive from this victory:
Deuteronomy 31:6 “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.
- “Baseball is not a singular sport, neither is life. A strong team cares, encourages and supports each other. Everyone needs a support system to succeed in life! The Red Sox were surrounded by enthusiastic fans as well as each other . . . but who supports you? If your goal is to get healthier, quit smoking or some other addiction . . . build a support system of people who care and are encouraging. God actually created that concept when He stated that it wasn’t good for man to be alone. (Genesis 1:18) And Jesus built his own support system of disciples around him. If it’s good enough for Christ, it’s good enough for us!
- Never Give Up! This World Series win taught us how to react when defeatist attitudes could easily drag us down. No matter what negative publicity was expressed, each team member listened to that small voice inside them them that told them, “You’re better than this!” Proverbs 23:7 “For as he thinks within himself, so he is.” When addressing challenges of our own, don’t listen to anything but the Holy Spirit’s voice inside us, telling us: “I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13
- Establish Clearly Directed Goals. Going from”worst-to-first” was Boston’s goal. They never gave up but kept their eyes on the prize. Establish your own personal goals! Without one, you will surely flounder without direction. The Red Sox created small goals; win each game, the play-offs, then the Series, So create personal goals to accomplish great things; eat smaller portions, walk more, drink extra water. You won’t lose 80 lbs overnight and that’s a good thing! The process of learning how to lose will instill the values and discipline you’ll need to keep it off for a lifetime!
- Each individual team member had a unique purpose but sometimes their position’s overlap. Just as a shortstop will cover second base when needed, sometimes I’ll need more support from my husband, sometimes he’ll need more from me. Don’t be afraid to ask for additional assistance or training from someone in a better position to provide it.
- Everyone needs to listen to a good coach! John Ferrell, congratulations, you’re amazing! I fervently pray that you know the True Coach so spectators can watch baseball in heaven! (Proverbs 3:5,6)
Now I have a suggestion to the Red Sox: Shave off those Sampson beards as a team for Charity! (They’ll grow back) I’m sure Fenway Park would be a great team venue for that. Whether it’s for the Boston Strong marathon survivors or some other worthy cause, it would speak volumes for those who no longer a voice in which to do so.