Nationals

My favorite part of summer is the end of August.  Why, you may wonder?  Well, because with the end of August, you get to attend the National Baseball Championships.  We all know that I love baseball, and coming together as a county and having the ability to represent your province at this event is phenomenal.  All the best players competing for the title of National Champions is just something that thrills me in any sport.

I’m fortunate that this is my son’s second National Championship for baseball, and I’m loving every minute of it.  The Opening Ceremony, the games, the cheering crowds, the players chatter, the flags waving in the wind, the memorabilia…just everything!

Unfortunately, our little province of New Brunswick is in a tough division this year and is up against Ontario, British Columbia, Alberta and Quebec. Talk about some great baseball though.  Our first game was up against the huge province of Ontario in Game 1.  I’m not making an excuse for our team, but the pool of athletes in Ontario is much greater than the pool of athletes in New Brunswick.

The population in New Brunswick is 754, 000 people…the population of Toronto alone is 6 million.  How do we compete against that?  They were unbelievable, but they also had sort of a, we-are-better-than-you attitude.  Maybe it was just my impression of them.  We run across people like this in our day-to-day lives all the time.  People think they are better than others because they have more degrees, money, friends, good looks, faith, etc..  Have you ever been made to feel this way by someone or some group of people?

“Humble yourself before the Lord, and he will lift you up” are the words of James 4:10, and are very wise words.  These are words that I try to embed in my children’s hearts and souls every day.  We are all created equal, and we all have our gifts, but we also all have our faults.  Nobody is perfect.  Nobody is superior to anyone else.  There is only one superior being and that is our Lord and Savior.

These gifts are blessings and we have to cherish them as such, not frown upon people who might not have the same fortunate circumstances.  Just like our little province making the best of the talented baseball players that we have.  Ontario is very privileged to have many, many more athletes to choose from and that is a fantastic advantage for their province.  But stay humble and enjoy that blessing.  There is no need to make anyone feel inferior in any situation.

Each and every one of us have many blessings in our lives.  Realize your blessings and instead of thinking you are better than another person, spread your blessings.  We are here on earth to make it a better place, not to frown upon others and make them feel inferior.  Take time today to spread your blessings.  Feed a person that is homeless.  Donate your time to a group.  Give a monetary donation to a non-profit organization.  Visit the seniors’ home or a lonely neighbor.  Make a meal for a friend with a busy life.  Babysit for a single mom for free.  There are many ways to spread your gifts and make someone feel special.

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