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Affluent Christian Investor | October 21, 2017

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Be Prepared to Strike Out a Lot

Ever watch what a star baseball hitter does when he strikes out?


He doesn’t kick the dirt and throw his helmet…

… he just walks back to the dugout with an unfazed look as he processes his last at bat.

And he does this because he knows striking out is part of the game.

In fact, many of baseball’s best hitters are known for striking out a lot.

For example:

Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle, Willie Stargell, and Reggie Jackson were all great hitters… even Hall of Famers.

But they struck out hundreds of times!

Babe Ruth — known for his home run record — also held the all-time record for career strikeouts for 35 years.

That record is currently held by Reggie Jackson… who struck out 2,597 times in his career.


None of these players were ever looking to strike out when they went up to bat…

… they were always looking for a base hit… or more.

But more often than not, they didn’t get what they were looking for.

… And the same thing is true in whatever work God gives us to do.

So often we labor, hoping for a certain result… and most the time we don’t find it…

God made the world in such a way that nothing good — especially after the fall — is accomplished easily.

It takes work and persistence and patience… over a long period of time.

So whenever you strike out in your efforts, it’s not a time to throw yourself on the ground and kick and scream.

It’s time to hang in there… and keep learning and growing as you pursue what God has called you to.

“It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, But the glory of kings is to search out a matter” (Proverbs 25:2).



Originally published on Made For Dominion.

David Bostrom is author of the book ‘Get Dominion.”, an ordained minister and a freelance writer. For more information about him and his work, visit


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