In a matter of days, baseball training camps will open in Florida and Arizona. Teams will play 30+ exhibition games to get ready for the long season ahead, but isn’t that overkill? These guys have been playing baseball their entire lives. How hard can it be for them to get ready for yet another year of the “same old, same old”? Baseball managers know there is no substitute for the hard work of preparation—running drills, bunting drills, hitting drills, fielding drills, and throwing drills—and that is why spring training exists.
One year, I went to a game at the Angels’ camp in Palm Springs, California. As the game was going on, however, I left the stands and stood by a batting cage as hitting coach (and Hall of Famer) Rod Carew talked and taught hitting to Gary DiSarcina. DiSarcina had played baseball his entire life but still was not ready for the big league pitching he would soon face. Hours of preparation in the batting cage would be needed to move him forward.
Likewise, we would be unwise to downplay the importance of meaningful preparation in our own lives. In the book of Proverbs, a writer named Agur decided to teach us what Haddon Robinson calls “Large Lessons from Little Creatures.” Among these lessons, he challenges us to learn wisdom from the ant, saying, “The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their food in the summer” (Prov. 30:25). Why does Agur focus on this? Because too often we fail to take advantage of opportunities in the present to prepare for the future.
We don’t know what tomorrow will bring, but we can make use of the present to prepare for the future—including using every opportunity possible to help others prepare their hearts for an eternal future. After all, what could be more important than preparing for eternity? May we be wise as we seek to prepare for tomorrow today—and to help others to prepare for an eternal destiny through a relationship with Christ.
Join us tomorrow on Sports Spectrum radio as we take a further look at the need for preparation as we face the future—and forever.
Bill Crowder, Sports Spectrum Chaplain