May 13, 2014

Baseball Wife Survival Guide: Finding Contentment

Hey Y'all!

Welcome to another edition of the Baseball Wife Survival Guide.  

I promised a more serious topic than last week's post on Netflix & Hulu that you can read here.
Today I am going to talk about my constant struggle with contentment.  This is especially a struggle for me during baseball season, but this is by no means something that I think only baseball wives struggle with.

For those of you who aren't familiar with how Minor League baseball works: 
1) Please don't feel like you should.  I don't think I'll ever completely understand it.
2) The bottom line is contentment is not something that is smiled upon.

Here is the short version of how Minor League baseball works.  There are different levels of Minor League teams for each Major League team.  Since Chris is with the San Francisco Giants, I'll use them as an example.  There are six levels in the Giants' Minor League system:
Rookie Ball- Scottsdale, Arizona
Short Season- Salem, Oregon
Low A- Augusta, Georgia
High (Advanced) A- San Jose, California
Double A- Richmond, Virginia
Triple A- Fresno, California

Rookie Ball is the lowest level and AAA is the highest.  The goal is to always move up a level and not to move down or repeat a level.  Not that really good players that end up in the Major Leagues don't repeat or move down during their Minor League careers, it is just best to move up each year.  At any point during the season, a team can call you to move you up, down, or release you.  When they call, you are usually on a plane a few hours later headed to your next team.
Talk about a hard environment to be content in.

The whole reason the Minor Leagues exist is for players to be able to develop into Major League players.  It isn't the goal to be a Minor League baseball player forever.  Every Minor League player wants to be in the Big Leagues one day.  So obviously, it isn't a place where contentment with where you are is overflowing.

Here is my struggle with contentment: I want to be focused on where God has us NOW and what he has planned for us, but the point of Chris' job is to perform well and be moved up to higher teams.  

Minor League baseball is not an environment that contentment comes easy.
However, the bottom line is what God calls us to is not always easy.

I know I say this all the time, but God is using baseball to teach me so many different things.  One of the biggest is being content where he has me right now.  He hasn't called me to only be content when/if Chris makes it to the Big Leagues.  He has called me to be content where he has me right now.  There is a reason we spent a full season in Georgia last year, and there is a reason that we started this season out in San Jose.  And I am a firm believer that these reasons aren't always baseball related.  God's plan for Chris' baseball career (however long or short it may be) is far bigger than statistics and performances.  We know that this season of our lives is a chance to further God's Kingdom in places that we never imagined to reach.  

My prayer is that we can learn to be content wherever God has us and for as long as He chooses to have us there.  I want to be able to look at where God has us not as a stepping stone to what is next, but a season that he can use us for his glory!

Here are some of my favorite things that God's words says about contentment:

But godliness with contentment is great gain.  For we brought nothing into the world  and we can take nothing out of it.
1 Timothy 6:6-7

I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.  I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty.  I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 
Philippians 4:11-12

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.  Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is-his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Romans 12:2

I hope this encourages you to take the steps to find contentment with what God is doing in your life right now, instead of focusing on what he might do in the future.

I wrote a post on contentment last year about this same time last year that you can read about here.

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