Let's start with baseball. Imagine all of life were a baseball game. Think about it for a moment and decide what position you are playing and what it means figuratively.
Are you pitching? Are you the clean-up hitter? Are you out in left field? Are you an observer in the cheap seats?
Where were you last year? Where do you want to be in five years?
From where are you viewing the game?
If all of life were a baseball game, are you...
a.) fully into the game, screaming at the umpire and cheering the team?
b.) enjoying a dog and soda, relaxing on a spring afternoon?
If all of life is a baseball game, do you hope to hit the grand-slam homerun or simply get on base and work your away around the field?
If all of life were a baseball game, when was the last time you experienced a bad call?
Who is your coach?
Who is your umpire?Note to Youth Leaders:
To make this part of the lesson more active, try drawing a baseball diamond on a sheet of butcher paper. Include all the details you can think of, including the bleachers, showers and concession stand. Give each student a small paper baseball and a bit of tape. Have them write their names on their baseballs. Then on Go, they are to answer the question of which roles they play by running up and sticking the baseball on the field.
In the classic poem "Casey at the Bat," the title character seems to have all the hopes and dreams of the hometown pinned to him. The poem suggests an air of arrogance in his style, and then he strikes out. When was the last time one of your heroes let you down?
What happens when one player on a team is elevated above the others? Does it seem as if fans will lift a player up and then watch them fall? How does this apply to our "life is a game" analogy?Read 1 Timothy 6:11-12.
What does it mean to fight the good fight?
Imagine this verse being said by a coach in a locker room or quarter back in a huddle. What drives you? What pumps you up when you're down by one goal with 2 minutes to play?
What do you think should happen to players who get caught using performance-enhancing drugs?
Is there too much pressure on players to try and earn their salaries?
Recently, Lance Armstrong dropped all lawsuits trying to clear his name and had a number of his titles revoked. Regardless of whether you're a fan, does this disappoint you?
True or False: Cheaters never win, and winners never cheat.Read 2 Timothy 2:5.
Should Christians define win differently?
What was your favorite sport in the recent Olympics? Which one puzzled you? Which one did you watch and think "Heck, I could do that"?Read 1 Corinthians 9:25