The Christian Life is Like Baseball
by Colin Ketchen
when 11 years of age
According to this, I, you, or whomever you picture in this story is the batter. You, the batter, need focus and concentration to aim correctly. You must keep your eye on the ball at all times. You may swing, or take the easy way out and not swing, ending up getting four balls and walking to first base. If you think about it, in the long run, it might be better to swing.
In this game, the teams are God's team and the worldly team. You, or whoever, are on God's team.
The pitcher is like the devil. He's trying to mess you up, make you think that you're worthless. The catcher is like the head demon, helping the pitcher as much as he can. The fieldsmen are like other demons, trying to get in your way and make things harder for you. (Sorry if this is a little more depressing than you thought it would be. Just hang on, it does get better!) The pitcher's mound is like the devil's place in the world, where he sits and throws his "fiery darts", considered fastballs, curveballs, or anything else I missed.
Now onto God's team. I earlier explained the basics of being at bat, but now onto other things about batting. Sometimes you swing and you either miss, hit a foul, or make a hit. When you miss or hit a foul ball, you sort of feel you let down the team, but when you hit you actually feel pretty good. This is similar to when you are telling somebody about Christ. When they're closed to what you're saying, you don't feel so great, but when you make it through to them, you feel better than when you don't.
Your goals in baseball are first, second, and third base, but ultimately, home plate. Your teammates are like fellow Christians, whom you help along in the game, and vice versa. Your coach represents God or the Holy Spirit. I think this is because the coach trains you to be a better baseball player, as God trains you to be a better Christian. He holds the team together, He supports you, encourages you, and He sets you straight when you get off track. The umpire represents the Bible or Jesus. The umpire makes the decisions, he says if it's a safe or an out, a strike or a hit, or a ball or a hit.
Think of the uniform as the Armor of the Lord. The helmet as the helmet of salvation, the cleats as the shoes of the gospel, and the bat as the sword of the spirit. These are the tools that God or our coach has provided us with.
Now, you're at bat, and the bases are loaded. Almost whatever you do, you're bound to get at least one point. But you want to set your goals higher, like you sometimes do in real life (not that baseball isn't real life). You try your best at a grand slam, and the doubts may come to mind like, "I'm not gonna make it". That's when you hear the coach and your teammates supporting you. You get rid of the negative thoughts and focus. The pitcher pitches the ball, and you swing when it's in range. If I were really in this situation, I'd probably have a pretty big adrenaline rush. You swing as hard as you can, then you hear the crack of the bat.
A grand slam in the Christian life is like leading someone to salvation, because in baseball it's probably the best thing you do in the game.
The scoreboard is like the Book of Life. It keeps track of what you do in the game, what your opponents do, and what your teammates do. At the end of the game, it decides who takes home the prize, just like the Book of Life decides who wins the ultimate prize; entry into heaven. (This is not to say that you "earn" or work your way to heaven, but you get what I mean.)
Well, that's just what I thought. To me, baseball has a lot in common with the Christian Life. Hope you enjoyed it!