T-BALL AND HEAVEN

T-ball. Could there be any form of baseball that’s more pure? There are no steroids (unless you think “Sweet Tarts” are a bit questionable). There is no obsession with winning. And, somehow, everyone wins every game. Sweet, simple and untainted, that’s what t-ball is.

I have been blessed to coach all four of my boys in T-ball over the years. And, this past Monday evening Cooper, my five-year-old, had his very first T-ball practice. He asked 25 times last week, “How many days till my first T-ball practice?” Then on Monday he started the, “How many hours till T-ball practice?” When T-ball practice finally got started Cooper told me, “Dad, playing T-ball is like being in heaven, this is awesome!”

It got me to thinking that maybe there are some similarities between Christianity, heaven and T-ball. Let see, in T-ball …

  • You don’t keep score.
  • You never get put out.
  • Strikes don’t count.
  • At the end, you always win.

That pretty much makes T-ball perfect, just like heaven. You never got put out, your strikes didn’t count against you and you leave the game a winner.

In this old world I’ve decided to put my faith and life in Jesus’ hands. I’ve given him my life because I need him as my Savior. And when I did this: He put me on his team (I don’t get put out), he didn’t count my strikes (sins) anymore, and best yet, when the end of the game comes (life), I leave here a winner.

Yep, Cooper’s theology was right on target, T-ball IS pretty much like heaven. Jesus is an awesome coach. And I’m so thankful he invites me to be on his team.

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  1. Stachia says:

    I had never thought about t-ball being like heaven but what a great analogy. I had the pleasure of coaching my boys in t-ball also and it was always so much fun.

  2. lisa leichner says:

    Aw, that’s really cute. We love t-ball! I enjoy the sports at this age (5 & 6) that don’t focus on winning. The kids don’t seem to miss it at all! So why do we grownups think we have to be so competitive??

  3. Chris says:

    Isn’t it amazing how simplistic and believing a young mind can be.

    Didn’t Jesus say that unless we become as one of these little children we can not enter the kingdom of heaven.

    Thanks for the post, Trey, and for the lesson, Cooper.

    BTW, thanks for stopping by and letting me know you were thinking about me. I appreciate that.

  4. Monalea says:

    T-Ball is a lot like heaven! Daniel starts t-ball in about 5 weeks. Last year he spent the entire season digging in the dirt, putting rocks in his pocket and watching the ball roll past him. And he still got a trophy at the end of the season.

  5. Mommysmart says:

    Great post! I may want to add one more from Rylan’s soccer experience.

    *They all run around kind of lost and confused, but don’t really care as long they a snack at the end.

    We are all a little lost and confused sometimes, too, but we live for the reward in the end.

    I’m glad that you get to coach that is a real treat as a parent.

  6. Bobby Cohoon says:

    Good Post brother. Do you suppose the Reds could play T-Ball? They need to be a in a league where nothing counts against them.

    Bobby

  7. TREY MORGAN says:

    Cooper asked me if he’d get to have Gatoraid after his ballgames. I told him probably so. He said, “YES!”

    My goal as a coach this year is to not have the “whole” team run after a ball in the outfield at the same time.

  8. The Preacher's Household: says:

    Monica beat me to my comment. I think my son’s team’s favorite part is the snack time after the game. I was going to relate it to our pot-luck / food fellowship times.
    Kathy

  9. Neva says:

    Yay!! I am on that team too. We always win—-:)

    Peace
    Neva

  10. Anonymous says:

    If I may, I would add that the team functions best when everyone knows and operates in their assigned roles…but when they don’t, we all laugh and realize that ultimately we will forget it and move on.
    Blake

  11. Don Neyland says:

    trey-
    Isn’t it ‘neat’ when your kids consider spiritual things when involved in this world?

    That’s when you know you AND they are doing something right. :)

    don

  12. That Girl says:

    Several years ago, I made it to every one of my nephew’s ballgames. At the last game, he said, “You didn’t miss a single game!” He cared more about his aunt being there than he did about winning.

    Maybe a little like Heaven – it’s much more important that the people we love are there than anything we might gain on Earth.

  13. NB says:

    Trey,
    I love the analogy.

    Cooper sounds like a real sharp five-year-old!

    Our t-ball team consists of 4-6 year olds. There is a lot of difference between a four-year-old and a six-year-old. Our goal is to keep the four-year-olds from persuading the entire team to stop the game and pick dandelions in the outfield…but it sure is fun!

  14. Bobby Cohoon says:

    Trey,
    Here is the solution to your problem. We do it here in NC all the time. Tell the outfield to wait until the ball stops rolling and then the one that is closest to it go over and pick it up! :-)

    Bobby (who taught a whole team how to snatch defeat out of the jaws of victory!)

  15. TREY MORGAN says:

    Very cool comments guys. I loved everyones 2 cents on this one.

    Don – You’re right in talking about spiritual things. We’ve always tried to talk about heaven to the boys, as an awesome place. A place everyone wants to go. I remember years ago my oldest telling his mom, “Wouldn’t it be great if we could all die in a car wreck and go to heaven.”

    His momma just smiled and said, “Sure it would, Taylor.”

  16. Don Neyland says:

    trey-
    Whole new post suggestion.
    I grew up in the church and have never ever feared death. Death has always been in mind a “one-way ticket” to heaven. Isn’t that weird? I totally understood Taylor’s comment.

    You need to go with that one and get some responses.

    don

  17. TREY MORGAN says:

    Don,

    I’ve started when my kids were young telling them about how awesome heaven would be. I think all of them have a pretty healthy understanding of life, death and heaven.

    I’m glad for that.

  18. The Preacher's Household: says:

    That would be a good post. I must say that a comment was made I think by you – maybe here?- about knowing who is really watching over your children. That has stuck with me and caused lots of thought. I was ready to go to Heaven until I had kids and now I must say that I don’t always have a healthy feeling about death. I have a healthy understanding and view but a very unsettled feeling of going there before my kids are raised.
    I would appreciate a post on this. I know it is my goal, I just want to accomplish it in another 70 years.
    Kathy

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