You Can’t Win ‘Em All

Yesterday, I watched my kids play softball/baseball. They all did something in one inning that I never did in a whole season — run to first base.

In a whole season of soccer, the only goal I made was for the other team (I wondered why no one was trying to stop me!). In a whole season of softball, I never made a hit. Once, I tipped the ball and it went backwards. But that was it. In PE, I was always the last kid picked for kickball. Even now, I rarely join in a pick-up game of anything. Not because I don’t enjoy it. I actually find some sports enjoyable. But people who like winning get annoyed at me. Because I make goals for the other team and hit softballs backwards. So I just sit out and cheer for those who can actually play those games.

I’m also terrible at art. And decorating. And cooking. And organizing. And math.

But you know what? That’s okay. I don’t have to be great at everything.

And neither do you.

In fact, I think it’s a good thing that we stink at some stuff. Really. It makes us appreciate others’ abilities. It keeps us from getting too “puffed up.” Imagine how arrogant we’d be if we were good at everything. And if everyone were good at everything, there wouldn’t be anyone to sit in the stands or in the audience or in the gallery. We’d all be “doing” with no one “enjoying.”

So embrace your inabilities. Acknowledge them. Joke about them. It’s all right to be bad at things. And, no, you’re not bad at everything. God has given everyone gifts and abilities. It takes some of us longer than others to find ours, but they’re there. I promise.

So shrug off your strike-outs, giggle at your flat notes, wink at your stick people. God has made us with strengths and weaknesses. All of us. Besides, the world would be incredibly boring if everyone only made goals for their own teams 🙂

1 Comment

  1. Ruthie Dean
    Apr 23, 2012

    I remember thinking in highschool, “I have no talent–I’m not good at anything!” It’s so hard when you aren’t spectacular at one thing–sport, art, dance, etc.–but such a good reminder of what high school students struggle with! We were created with special gifts & talents by the God of the Universe. Celebrate YOU!

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