I don't know much about the sport, or any other sport for that matter. I have one sister. We danced. You need me to pick out some jazz shoes, I'm your girl. Bats, not so much. But I'm learning. One thing I figured is that if you are going to be an official baseball mom, you need one of those cute t-shirts that say, "You play; I pray." I may get one. But my prayer may not be what you expect.
I won't be praying for the big win or a home run. I'm not saying God doesn't care about those things. He cares about everything about us. He knows how many thousands of hairs are on our heads. But I think it would serve Andrew better if this were my prayer...
I pray that sometimes you get a big hit, and that when you do, you feel proud of yourself, but not prideful. I pray that you strike out some, too. Every swing won't be a home run. It's like that in life. Learning from your mistakes and trying again forms character.
I pray that you learn what it means to be part of a team. What you do affects others. When you don't give 100% your whole team may suffer. When your effort results in a win, you should share that victory.
I pray that you, Daddy, and I remember to thank the coach and many volunteers who are giving up their time for you. I know the best way to teach you gratefulness and respect is to model it.
I pray that you have a ton of fun, that you make new friends, and that you and Sissy get to eat lots of pickles from the concession stand.
I pray that as your Momma, I support you, but never worship you.
I pray I get you what you need without spending exorbitant resources on the latest bat or coolest shoes just so you fit in. I pray that I never burden you by shackling my self-worth to your success. I pray that I refuse to sacrifice my relationship with your daddy because I've offered you all my attention or energy. Sometimes I'm tempted to do all those things.
For the next ten weeks and the rest of the time I'm on earth, I will be in the stands as your biggest fan, cheering you on! Praying these things for you!
All my love - Momma