Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | November 2, 2022

Baseball, Babies, & the Bible

(3 Minute Read. 2Nov2022)

We are currently in the midst of the World Series for Major League Baseball with the Philadelphia Phillies leading the Houston Astros two games to one in a best of seven series.

It’s been an exciting series, and it reminded me of these baseball baby pictures. Both babies are about six months old in the pictures, but they are separated by over 30 years in age. The top baby is my oldest son. The bottom baby is his oldest son.

In the bottom picture, the book in front of my grandson is Take Me Out to the Ballpark with subtitle “An Illustrated Tour of Baseball Parks Past and Present” by Josh Leventhal, copyright 2000.

In the top picture, my son is looking at the book Better Baseball for Boys by David C. Cooke, copyright 1959. The subtitle is “How Boys 8 to 14 Can Learn to Field, Bat, Pitch, and Play Each Position, Illustrated with 135 Graphic Sequence Photographs.” The book explains in detail how to bat, how to run the bases, how to slide, how to pitch, how to catch, and how to play the infield and outfield, all illustrated with pictures.

Better Baseball for Boys is the very first book I ever bought with my own money. I earned the money for the book by raking leaves and weeding flower gardens for five cents an hour plus a nickel per week spendable allowance. After reading a copy from our local library as a young boy of eight or nine years old, I ordered the book through our neighborhood bookstore. I still own the book today.

I pored over that book for years, as I loved baseball and played it almost daily with my brother and friends. I continued to enjoy baseball into my adult years, playing intramural softball in college and grad school and then church league softball for many years.

Thus it was natural and easy to play baseball and talk baseball with my children. As you can see from the top photo, this started very early. And this grandchild likewise is receiving an early immersion in sports lore from my son.

Just as I naturally discussed sports with my children, the Bible says that one should likewise naturally discuss Scripture in the home.
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand and they shall be as frontals on your forehead. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.
(Deuteronomy 6:5-9)

What does this look like in practice today? Here are some ideas, including things that we did with our children to inculcate Scriptural truth:
– Play Bible quiz games in the car
– Posters of the Days of Creation, Bible genealogies, and the Ten Commandments
– Hang maps of Bible Lands on the walls
– Display Bible passages around the home
– Daily and repeatedly extol our Creator and His marvels of creation
– Memorize Bible verses and passages
– Dramatically act out accounts of Bible events
– Regularly read the Bible and pray together
– Discuss daily news events and issues and ask them to apply Scripture

Joe DiMaggio on July 17, 1941
Batting against the Cleveland Indians

Don’t worry if discussions feel awkward at first. They will get easier.

Joe DiMaggio (1914-1999), Hall of Fame centerfielder for the New York Yankees from 1936 to 1951, was known for his daily commitment to excellence on the ball field. DiMaggio said this:
“There is always some kid who may be seeing me for the first or last time. I owe him my best.”

How much more do parents owe their own children their best! It is a daily parental commitment to excellence in teaching Scripture to their children.

Questions to Ponder

1. What one activity can you launch at home today to spur interaction based on Scriptural truth?
2. How has sports taught you to be a better follower of Christ?

Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.

For Christ and His Kingdom.
Alere Flammam Veritatis.
Soli Deo Gloria.

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Wednesday November 2, 2022 A.D.

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(Psalm 145:3-5)

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