Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Play Ball

Little League Baseball season is in full swing in cities and towns across the US. Troy, NY is no exception as my own two boys have donned uniforms and baseball gloves in exchange for the thrill of taking the field and cracking a few with the bat. It is a tremendous joy to watch Daniel and Jacob enjoying the game while learning the valuable lessons of teamwork, sportsmanship and discipline.

Dad has been blessed with the privilege of helping with coaching duties while mom enjoys watching her two little men learn and apply the rules of the game.

Being involved with community activities like Little League baseball, 4H and scouting serves several excellent purposes.
  1. Our children are occupied with activities they enjoy
  2. Such activities keep them busy so that they don't have a lot of idle time to just hang out with friends and get into trouble (although they still manage to find some time for this purpose)
  3. They are learning valuable lessons that will serve to mold and shape them as they grow and develop physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.
  4. Being involved with community activities brings us into closer proximity to our neighbors whose children also enjoy these activities

I've noticed a sense of community that exists at our local Little League ball park. We are fortunate to have a chapter that is well organized. Many parents chip in to make this experience enjoyable for all involved; from coaching, to manning the concession stand, to helping with field maintinance, etc. Some make great sacrifices on behalf of the kids. My family and I spend a good portion of our day, every Saturday, at the ball park watching our kids play and cheering them on. At the same time we are establishing relationships with other families; all of whom are here for the same purpose. What a great way to be missional in our community!