“He that will not sail till all dangers are over should never be put out to sea.”– Thomas Fuller
Tony Gwynn is one of the greatest baseball players to ever play the Majors. From 1992 to 2001 he proved himself as one of the most consistent hitters of his time. As a matter of fact, Gwynn has a lifetime batting average of .338. This statistic is an amazing feat. He basically made a hit one out of every three at bats. He was an All-Star fifteen times out of the twenty years at play. However, early in the summer of 1998 Tony Gwynn had a very unusual experience- a slump. The baseball legend went 0-19 at bat. Not only did this hurt his batting average for the year, it damaged his confidence and momentum. For the first time Gwynn proved that he was “human.”
The psychological and emotional damage of a slump is a very real thing. There is something about a slump that affects a player’s sense of ability. During a slump a player loses poise, assurance, and confidence. Gwynn’s slump proves that even the best of us have periods when we are off our game. When asked how he got through such a terrible period Gwynn reported, “I just kept swinging.” If you are experiencing a down-time at the plate of life, I want to encourage you to keep swinging. Square your feet, keep your elbow up, your eye on the ball, and follow through. The more you swing the greater chance of getting on base.
Daily Reading: Ezekiel 40-42
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