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Mistakes don't always have to kill you

POSTED: April 26, 2014 9:00 a.m.

I saw something rather unique the other day. I saw an error turn into a blessing.

If you are yet to read the story about Thursday’s Bethlehem Christian Academy baseball game, shame on you. Then go read it.

You know what unique event transpired at that game? With two men on, the shortstop for the visiting team mishandled a line drive in his glove. Had he caught the ball, it would have been an out and left the Cougars needing just one more out to get out of a dangerous situation in a tight game.

He did not catch the ball, though. In fact, he dropped it. To the ground.

What a horrible mistake, right? What kind of klutz would do that?

This klutz, to tell the truth, and I did so many times in my short career, but we’re getting away from the point.

But this kid, very nearly becoming the butt of some jokes and potentially the one who cost them the game, did something very smart. This kid noticed that the runners for Bethlehem were still a long way from their bases and that he had the ball in his hand. So he turned a double play to end the inning.

Let’s do that math again. Had he made the play, it would’ve been a single out to potentially save a run or two. Good move. Well done. Since he missed it, though, and made a potentially costly mistake, he got two outs and ended the inning and completely got his team out of a jam.

How come this shortstop didn’t fail after his mistake? How come it worked out for him and his team in the end?

This kid benefited from a truth that we could all strive to learn. You see, it’s not our mistakes that get us in trouble so much as it is our responses to them.

Had he just sat there like a bump on a log, yeah. BCA would have taken advantage of him, but he didn’t. He got up and he handled himself calmly and coolly.

He responded with grace.

When you mess up, and you will mess up, don’t let that mistake be your eulogy. Let your response to that mistake be your greatest moment.

Sometimes, just sometimes, our bloopers can turn into our greatest highlights.

 

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