So I make a personal rule. . .I only watch my team during regular season AND I have to be doing something else during the game (laundry, cutting coupons, filing junk, etc.). Oh, and I have to promise not to weep like a baby when I miss a game. Especially one like I did tonight.
Apparently, the Giants felt the need to put on a dramatic showing in their 11-10 squeaker over the Pirates in the 13th inning tonight. Just those numbers, alone, would have been enough reason to tune in. But what made the game particularly interesting was the fact that they came back to win after being 2-8 down.
So, they get the win, but do it after four extra innings, and after coming from waaaaaaaay down early in the game. There's a lesson in there somewhere.
Where I was tonight instead of being glued to the game was at our lifegroup (kind of social gathering with a Bible study and a FANTASTIC meal!). After the scrummy food and hanging out a bit, we have a Bible study then break up into smaller groups to touch base and pray for each other. It's awesome.
But the prayer part wasn't quite as light as it often is. Several of us are going through some really frustrating struggles lately. . .from health issues to issues with kids or jobs or work, etc. Some of us sort of feel like we're 'down by six' or 'struggling in the 13th' with issues that seem like they should have been resolved a whole lot sooner.
It's easy to feel like giving up when the hole you're in seems too big to climb out of. Or when the road you're on seems endless. But attitudes like that don't win ball games.
Heck, come to think of it, they don't win very much at all.
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