Throwing the First Pitch

April 6, 2009 by Paul Chappell

First PitchIt has become one of my yearly traditions to throw the first pitch for our church little league program, and this year’s inaugural baseball game for the ’09 season took place on Saturday afternoon.

As I made my way out to the pitcher’s mound, I couldn’t help but think of how blessed our church family is to raise our children in a godly environment. We have an excellent group of coaches, assistant coaches, umpires, and scorekeepers this year who have come together to make this baseball league happen.

Yet, more than their coaching abilities or talents, I am thrilled with the godly example these men provide for the boys who participate in the baseball league.  I am thankful that the young people playing baseball will be influenced by godly men in a fun, yet Christ-honoring atmosphere.

We have tried to place an emphasis on the mentoring that happens on our campus, and as I walked out on the field, I became very thankful once again for those who serve as excellent mentors and teachers in the boys little league program.

As far as the first pitch goes, it was a low ball… in the dirt, actually.  Oh well, there is always next year.

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  1. Pastor, as a high school coach, I also see the importance of providing a Godly influence to the young men I have charge of. Many have no godly influence at home and are searching for anything that will give them meaning and a purpose in life. I see them trying to please the in-crowd and participate in the things the world does. I also see the real displeasure they have in those actions. Thank you for providing a place where young boys can come and have some fun playing ball and see what a Godly man of God is truly made of.

    Comment by Bro Johnny Johnson — April 7, 2009 @ 3:15 pm

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