A Winning Attitude

“My daughter told me this little story about a video clip she saw at school, and I just had to share it with you, so here it is…”

Alone in a baseball field. A boy swings his bat and says...”I’m the greatest hitter in the world!” Swish! He misses.” Strike One”


He tries again, raising his bat and throwing the ball in the air, as he yells out “I’m the greatest hitter in the world!!” and again he misses. “Strike Two”

He tries again for the third time, screaming with unfeigned enthusiasm ” I’m the greatest hitter in the word!!!” and he misses again.  “Strike Three.”

This time he pauses, drops his head to think for a moment, then raises his eyes to the sky as he smiles and shouts with excitement…

“Whoa!!! I’m the greatest pitcher in the world!!!”

Love it!  :)

Have a great day.


10 thoughts on “A Winning Attitude

  1. That’s the power of self talk! We can talk ourselves into the dumpster or the dawn of the greatest tomorrows today. Paul says he forgets the past and strains forward to embrace all God has called him to be. Of course we can’t erase what has been but, with God’s promise to turn our trash into His treasure we can move forward in humility knowing He shines best through broken pottery.”-]

  2. I had not heard this story before, but I will have to use it as I loved it! It shows that our perspective matters: may we see ourselves and the world as God sees us!

  3. So what’s going to happen when he walks the first three batters?

    Sorry to sound a sour note in the chorus, but this isn’t reality. We should teach our kids to “do what you do, do well, boy” and put their hearts into whatever they attempt, but what the world is pushing today, this business of “I’m the greatest,” sets kids up for some major disappointments. They’ll have to learn the hard way that Reality isn’t all about their greatness.

    In God’s eyes I’m unique, but also one of the sheep in His pasture. I want to be faithful to what He has given me to do, but I dare not lift myself up above everyone else and say, “I’m the greatest.” (wisest, most faithful, whatever.)

    “For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.” Romans 12:3.

  4. Wow. It sounds like you are very angry about this little story. Let me explain.

    It’s not about self exaltation. It’s just a cute little example of “making lemonade when life gives you lemons” or encouraging yourself in things you can do well despite the things you may not do so well.

    It was meant to be encouraging and uplifting…

    “Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.”
    Proverbs 16:24
    “Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification.”
    Romans 14:19
    “Each of us should please our neighbors for their good, to build them up.”
    Romans 15:2
    “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.”
    I Thessalonians 5:11

  5. No, I’m not at all angry about the story. I just wanted to point out that “You’re awesome” is the theme song of our times and it’s deceptive. Kids grow up expecting life to fall at their feet and it doesn’t.

    Encouragement is great, “be the best you can be” is a great theme. But if we expect to be perfect, it’s hard to live with the discovery that we’re not. Nowadays we’re reading about disillusioned kids in therapy, feeling like failures, because they’re not Awesome.

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