I was watching a baseball game last week and Preston Wilson, a surprisingly accomplished baseball player, shared a story about one of his former batting coaches. In developing as a hitter Preston was told, concerning facing certain pitches, “You have to either learn to take it or you have to learn to hit it.”
As leaders, parents, pastors, or people – we are probably talented. We can get the job done in a handful of areas. We have learned to hit a lot of the pitches we face. But I wonder if we have learned how to “take” the pitches that we can’t hit. Are we comfortable not trying to do more than we can? Are we willing to admit that we can’t do it all? Sometimes the best thing we can do with the opportunities that are presented us is simply to let them pass by. If we can’t hit it, we need to learn how to take it.