Sunday, August 29, 2010


My mom always (believe me – ALWAYS) told me that a defeat will mean more to me in life than a win if I work with it. While she was right, I hated to hear that. Loss stung – that instant. She would say, "It's a character builder." It was. But, in the moment, it just hurt.


Our fabulous Pearland All Stars won many games. Not today's. I hurt. I can only imagine how they feel. Yet I was struck (more than once but I will relate only one) by their coach today. He was perpetually positive. One thing he said stuck with me. In a difficult point, he told his pitcher, "I can't make you happy but I can give you a choice. You can pitch or not pitch. The choice is yours." I often (not as eloquently) told my children, "My job is to make you human. Your job is to make you happy. I cannot and should not do the happy part. Happiness is a fruit of a faithful life and not a commodity to be doled out."


Jesus must have been a good coach, just like Mike Orlando. He said it this way in Matthew 5:3-12 (NIV.) You can substitute "Happy" for the "Blessed's" without a lot of fuss.


3"Blessed are the poor in spirit,
      for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
 4Blessed are those who mourn,
      for they will be comforted.
 5Blessed are the meek,
      for they will inherit the earth.
 6Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
      for they will be filled.
 7Blessed are the merciful,
      for they will be shown mercy.
 8Blessed are the pure in heart,
      for they will see God.
 9Blessed are the peacemakers,
      for they will be called sons of God.
 10Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
      for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

 11"Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.


Jesus says, in effect, "I can't make you happy today but stay true, you'll be happy in the long run. The choice is yours." Great coaching. Great parenting.


Thank you, boys, for some of the most fun baseball I have seen in a long time. Mike, to you and the coaches and parents, thanks for making it an experience of lasting value to us all. Being true always wins.


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