I love playing catch. There’s something so simple and so peaceful about it. Playing with a good friend or with one of my kids. Unlike pitching in the Majors, it doesn’t take a lot of talent either – once you release the ball, it flies on a clear path to its target. A good throw follows a natural trajectory to its destination. A bad throw also follows a predictable route. Our minds naturally understand and follow the flight of the ball, accounting for the force with which it is thrown, any blowing breeze and the gravitational pull of the earth. Our eyes trace it, our legs speed us along – we track it down, ideally until it lands firmly in the outstretched web of the leather mitt. Click for more on our trajectories on and off the field
Baseball exemplifies living headfirst in many ways – and stealing 2nd base with a headfirst slide may be the all-time epitome. It might be safer to slide feet first, but it’s an all-out, no-holds-barred, face-forward assault. I regret that too much of my life was lived “safely” without the risk or the glory of living headfirst for the Kingdom. I had an internal question mark interrupting every opportunity, shouting out warnings, demanding permission, and challenging my choices. It took a chapter of my life to recognize, understand and reject the fears and lies, but that’s a story for another day.
This month is filled with tremendous baseball opportunities. See more