Ever felt left out, dumped, forgotten? It hurts and seems to damage our self worth. My colleague, Keith Wommack has written a delightful and poignant piece on this subject in the July 3, 2014 edition of World Religion News. His context is Little League All-Star try-outs. Here in Indiana, the Little League Championships begin July 19 in Plainfield where hundreds of 11-12 year old Hoosiers will compete. Does everyone get to play? Is everyone who plays a winner? This excerpt from Keith’s article helps us all to see our true self worth, no matter what the circumstances. Click on the link below to read the entire article. You’ll be glad you did. Here’s Keith:
It was All-Star selection day. My heart raced in anticipation…
I knew Johnny would be an All-Star. He was an excellent hitter. I anxiously wondered, “When will my name be called?”
The selection process proceeded and player after player lined up next to Johnny. After a few minutes, my question switched to a nervous, “Will my name be called?”
As the selection activity was nearing its end, I noticed that almost all the older boys had been selected except for my brother and me. We were still seated with the weaker and younger players. There was no more laughter. My heart began to be heavy.
Then, Kevin’s name was called. He took his place in line. I was proud of him. He was the League’s best center fielder.
There was one more name to be called.
The two best pitchers in the league were already standing. I was the third best. I silently questioned, “Wouldn’t the All-Star team need three pitchers if it went far in All-Star team play?”
Then I noticed that the coach’s son from each team was already standing on the line except one, and Charlie was seated right next to me. He was my teammate. He was nice, but he wasn’t a very good baseball player, and he was eleven years old.
Would the League select a coach’s son over an older, better player? As this question swirled in my thought, everything slowed down.
The announcement came. It was a curveball. “Ch..ar..lie.” My heart sank. Charlie stood up and the All-Star line was complete.