Step Up to the Plate

Step Up to the Plate

Focusing on Christ Through the Season

FCA Baseball would like to welcome Cole Delcharco to our staff as a High School intern working on research. Cole is the starting catcher for Hickory Christian Academy in Hickory, NC. Cole will be writing a blog about being a Christian baseball player. We are excited to have Cole as a part of our team.

Every year I can feel it coming. Baseball Season. Honestly, the season is the time I anticipate most out of the year. Finally, all the offseason workouts, weight training, and hitting drills are about to pay off. But as great as the season is, it is also very busy. You know the drill; go to school, go to practice, do homework, go to sleep. The longer the season treads on, the more intense baseball, school, and I get. I get more intense because my tiredness compounds as the season goes on, and I have difficulty reading the Word and engaging God through prayer in the mornings. Over the past few seasons I have even given up my time in the Word on occasion because I needed sleep. I know, and I am sure we have all felt, how difficult it is to center our lives around Christ when we are not daily meditating on and praying to Him. As a student-athlete, I understand how difficult it is to focus our lives on Christ during the season. I have experienced the difficulty of being in the Word while the season rages first hand.

However, through God’s help, and a great game plan, it can be accomplished. I am sure you are all familiar with the need for a game plan. It sets the tone for the real game, it prepares us, and it challenges us. By using a game plan, it is much easier to stay on task, and to finish well. Without a game plan, I know that my good intentions will end in failure. So here it is, the game plan I plan to follow so that I can not only start the season in the Word, but end it there too.

1.) Prepare
Do not simply wake up without any forethought, be purposeful. Talk to someone who has a strong faith and ask them for ideas on what passages, or books of the Bible would be helpful to study. Also, we must prepare our hearts for this time. Before we start, we should pray that God will cleanse us of our sins (1 John 1:9). Ask that He will make the time beneficial, unless Christ is at the core of our Bible study it will be worthless.

2.) Wake up at Least Ten Minutes Early
If we are to spend consistent time in God’s Word, we absolutely have to set time aside for that purpose; our consistency in our Bible study will not happen by accident or without any forethought. I already wake up earlier than I used to so I can spend time with God, you may do the same. That is great! Reading His Word is beneficial (2 Tim. 3:16-17). But it will be even more profitable if we are not rushed in our time of Bible study and prayer.

Pray to God for help to honor Him in this aspect, and pray for His help to get you through it. Remember, though, that we are not merely to focus on God during this time, but throughout the day by actually living like Christ (James 1:19)

As the season drags on, it will become increasingly difficult to continue, but remember that God will give us strength to persevere (Phil. 4:13). Pray to Him for help, for we cannot do it ourselves.

I pray that through dedication to these steps, and the aid of the Holy Spirit, God will allow me to not only read His Word this season, but also to grow more in Him.

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