It’s been nearly 100 years since he last played, yet Babe Ruth – The King of Swing – is still widely remembered for his baseball greatness. Ruth remains in the Top 10 in MLB history in nine categories, including: Total Bases, Runs Scored, Batting Average, and RBIs.
However, Ruth is best remembered for hitting Home Runs – 714 of them over a career that spanned 20 years. What we likely don’t remember is the fact he struck out nearly twice as often (1,330 times to be exact). But, that didn’t discourage Ruth. Listen to his perspective:
Every strike brings me closer to the next home run!
Fellow slugger, Reggie Jackson, known for his many playoff heroics as “Mr. October,” holds the MLB record for being struck out 2,597 times! There is simply no denying that in baseball, when you swing for the fences you frequently strike out. But Ruth’s and Jackson’s teams were willing to accept the many strike outs because great things happened in between them.
Friends, the same is true when we “swing for the fences” for God’s Kingdom too. Attempt anything big for Him and on occasion we’re going to swing and miss. We’ll likely strike out a time or two, and might even hear the “boos” from the stands on occasion. But as Ruth reminds us, each strike brings us closer to the next home run – so don’t stop swinging!
Babe Ruth and Reggie Jackson aren’t remembered for their tendency to strike out – they’re remembered for the times they made solid contact. People are willing to overlook our blunders. More importantly, God understands. Stay in the game. Keep your eye on the ball, and keep swinging! –Dave
So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. (Hebrews 10:35-36)
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