by Brandon Cox: Have you heard about Nathan Patterson? Here’s the scoop…
Nathan played baseball in high school, but upon graduation, moved on to more practical things like selling software for a living. After all, how many high school hopefuls actually make it to “the show?”
Then he attended a Colorado Rockies game at Coors Field. He stepped up to one of those booths where you can throw your fastest pitch for a radar and threw a 96-mph fastball!
That fastball wound launching his professional baseball career. The Oakland A’s signed him to a contract and he made his minor league debut for their Arizona affiliate on August 15, 2019 and struck out the side!
There’s another piece of the story, though. Nathan had been continuing to work out, practice, and try to get the attention of major league recruiters. Even when he’d broken his other wrist in a car accident, Nathan kept throwing.
Here’s the thing… There are moments when you simply need to step up and throw your best pitch.
Up until that moment, you do the hard work of preparing, practicing, and keeping the dream alive. And when that moment comes, you put your whole heart into it. You put it all on the line.
Think about David heading into the valley with his five smooth stones, or Peter standing up on the day of Pentecost to preach the church’s first sermon, or Billy Graham scheduling his first tent crusade, or Rick and Kay Warren moving to southern California with all of their possessions to start a church that would change the world.
Think about what God has put in your heart to do. It may be writing a book, or landing a promotion, or adopting a child, but this much is true – you’ll have to take some big steps along the way. The moment will come when you’ll need to step up and throw your best pitch yet.