All of us struggle with failure. If you are dealing with the fear of failure, let me assure you that you are not alone. There is hope for you future.
On August the 6th, 1999 a Major League Baseball player stepped up to home plate in Montreal and struck out. It was the 5,113th time that this player had gotten into the batter's box and not made it to first base in his career. If he made all of those outs consecutively that would be like playing if you had like, let's say four bats a game.
That'd be like playing eight seasons of baseball without getting on first base 1,278 games. Did that player feel like a failure when he struck out in Montreal? No. Did he feel like he had failed his team or failed himself? No. You see that same game on that same night that same player stepped up to home plate at a different time and did what only 29 baseball players in all of baseball history have ever done, he got his 3,000th hit, it was an incredible feat and that player was Tony Gwynn of the San Diego Padres and he's arguably one of the greatest hitters of all time in his generation, but what I want us to see is he was successful at baseball but he failed a lot.
Now I know it's dangerous to start a message about somebody from California while I'm standing in Texas. So let me just say that Nolan Ryan struck out Tony Gwynn nine times. That's right. And that's more than any other pitcher struck Tony Gwynn out, everything's better in Texas.
See the point is is that Tony Gwynn failed a lot, tripped up a lot, made it to the batter's box but not to first base, but was still one of the most successful baseball players of all time, so let me ask this question, all of the campuses please participate, those over the internet we are so thankful you are connecting with us.
Here's the question, how many of you guys, you played baseball, little league whatever it might have been or soft ball back in the day or your kids and or your kids are playing it right now, so you either played it or your kids play? Baseball is still the American sport, isn't it? Now here is the question, baseball get a round of applause, okay yes it's coming up, it's about to start.
So with baseball, here's the question though, when you played little league or baseball or softball growing up, or your kids, have you or your kids, have you ever seen anybody, yourself or your kids get and out, you actually struck out at home plate? Just raise your hand if you struck out.
Look at all the failures at the Rockwall campus. This is, what is wrong? All this this failure. And listen we're pretty you know just honest and real to admit it like hey yeah we feel. Something about baseball says failure is okay. Yeah you're learning, you struck out in the batter's box but you'll get them next time. but accepting failure in our daily lives is a little harder to do. That's where the struggle get real.
What did you learn from it? How are you gonna do better next time? In baseball, we accept failure as part of the game. But for some reason we don't accept failure as part of life, hey how many of you guys really blew it this week? No hands go up [LAUGH] I don't really wanna admit that, why? Because everybody laughs at failure, don't they? I mean think about it on Youtube right now, some of the most viewed videos are called epic fails, let's just what all these people, millions of hits let's watch all of these people trip, fall, crash, miss the goal, let their whole team down, let's laugh at them that's really embarrassing but let's not be them.
Successful People Fail Sometimes
Let's don't fail, for some reason we think that all the successful people in life never trip up, never stumble and if we are not careful we think strong Christians, really good Christians, never ever strike out. But that's just not true. As a matter of fact, turn to your neighbor right now and say the struggle is real. we all fail sometimes.
How to Overcome Failure
Stop focusing on yourself
Start remembering that God has a plan for you and your life