Yesterday was the 1st game for our COTHA Men’s Softball team. The league started earlier in July but with the summer rain we’ve been rescheduled several times. This past Monday night was our first game – time to show the world what that COTHA came to play.
We were scheduled for 2 games and the first team seemed like a really good matchup for us. We were wrong, way wrong. After the 1st inning we were in it but they flipped the switch by saying, “Welcome to the league Rookie!” and commenced to deliver a bully-beat down! They hit the ball hard and fast! Not only did they score effortlessly but also everything we hit they caught so our offense was null and void. We lost 20 -1 and afterwards the tone of our team went from jovial to uneasy.
Cody Davis and Neil Stratton kept our spirits high by making light of our pitiful game and smack talking the MLB team we lost to. There were also a few players, including myself, who seemed nervous and ready to switch teams and maybe even churches. We waited for our next game and were able to watch some of our other competition. The team who whooped us had another victim. After their game I noticed how the losing team began to call each other out, distancing themselves from one another, and crumble as a unit.
It was time for our second game and we came out like a brand new team! We made some adjustments to the batting order and fielding spots and it proved to be a great strategy. We scored 5 runs early but our team Captain, Neil, went down with an injury. I only stayed around to cheer for the boys since I wasn’t on the roster for the 2nd game but I put my cleats on and subbed in for Neil. In his honor, we decided to turn it up a notch and the COTHA boys put on an amazing display of batting, fielding, teamwork, and unity.
I was proud to be on a team that didn’t give up, supported one another, laughed in humility, and gave it our best! That’s what Jesus had in mind and even greater than the game of Softball is the Kingdom of God. Life is full of beat-downs but he has overcome the world! He has given his Spirit to unify the body of Christ and promises to give strength to the heavy burden in there moment of weakness. Be strong and courageous brethren, Emmanuel is here!
O Taste and see that the Lord is good. In his presence and with his people.