diamond devotions

Daily Wisdom and challenges from
Scripture, illustrated by the game.

Every Kid Needs a Baseball Hero, but…

Every baseball kid has a hero. Johnny Bench, Barry Larkin, Cal Ripken. Those were mine. Every kid needs someone to pattern his game after, someone's posters on his walls, someone who he dreams of playing like one day. Every baseball kid also needs to know that his...

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Prepare Well, but Trust God Better

Before every series and every game, coaches from high school to the pros do all they can to prepare their teams for competition. Without physical and mental preparation, a team stands at a serious disadvantage. Extra BP and ground balls are taken, team defense is...

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Give

In our age of social media, we often get glimpses of the best and worst from the world of baseball. Thankfully, there are still players and coaches who use their platforms and money to give help to those in need. Equipment, fields, and experiences all come through the...

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Reaping What You Sow (Or Not)

Baseball is a harsh game. If you haven't prepared well, you have no chance of performing well. You can't hide when it's your turn at the plate. The game will expose your flaws, weaknesses, and lack of discipline. You reap what you sow. While that's true in the...

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Keep Me From Shortcuts

Several years ago, I was at a youth baseball tournament for some of the best travel teams in the country. The competition was intense, the players were good, and winning was quite an accomplishment. One team took some heat for bringing in players specifically to pitch...

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Ask God for This Kind of Woman

Eventually, players separate themselves. Talent being equal, the guy who works the hardest becomes the best. Even without equal talent, the one who outworks everyone else, putting in extra time in the cage, in drills, in the weight room…he can surpass all the guys...

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Don’t Just Put on a Clean Uniform

He looked the part. He had the gear, the swagger, the build of a great ballplayer. He wore the uniform well, making sure it was bright white before every game. But then the game started. And he was exposed, badly. That clean uniform couldn't cover up the fact that he...

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Don’t Let the Game and Life Lie to You

Baseball is a liar. It gives rewards too quickly to the players who are simply bigger and stronger at an early age. And it causes some to believe they will never amount to anything. In truth, long term success in this great game isn't based on early indications, but...

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Who Are You Allowing to Lead?

Who's leading your team? Who's been entrusted with responsibility over your players, your sons? How well do you know them? Would you be content if those players and sons became like those leaders and coaches? Proverbs 26:10--"Like an archer who wounds everyone, so is...

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