Amidst the pandemonium, a tidal wave of joy, and a tsunami of confetti, there he stood. Not only as the beloved Manager of the World Series Champions Houston Astros. But the best example of one who perseveres. One who has faith. Dusty Baker.
After being fired as the Manager by Washington, Baker did not get a call for two years. Then, because of Baker’s esteemed reputation and popularity, he was hired by the Astros, baseball’s most unpopular team because of the cheating scandal of 2017.
Despite being an outstanding baseball player, a player on a World Series Champion baseball team, and an outstanding manager for other teams, Dusty had never given up hope on being the manager who led his team to a World Series Championship. Dusty overcame the adversity of bad luck: a few poor calls all managers make, a mini-stroke, and prostate cancer to name a few. Finally, on his twelfth time as the manager of a postseason team, his dream came true, a managerial World Series Championship punctuated by what one reporter, Tom Dart, described as a “…a three-run, 450 ft Tyrannosaurus of a hit” by Yordan Alvarez.
In responding to a sports reporter’s question on how this miracle of sorts happened Dusty said, “I feel that I’ve been chosen for this.” Dusty said in other words that he felt God put him in the place where this could happen. To a Fox reporter, he said, “But my mom and dad taught me perseverance. And you gotta persevere, you gotta believe in yourself.”
His advice to you and me in summary is: Never give up hope. Persevere. Have faith. God will put you in a place in which your dreams come true. Others on high and on Earth will be with you to support you to overcome adversity.
No doubt you and I have overcome adversity in our lives. We did not do that alone. All of us have questioned whether certain of our dreams fell short because we did not try harder or longer.
In pursuing my dream to be a family lawyer and peacemaker I always felt that because of my disabilities I had to work harder and longer than others who were able-bodied. In law school, I completed a three-year law degree in two years. Due to my inability to write fast enough with my hands weakened by polio, I recorded on cassette tapes every lecture in every class every day for two years. In one class I sought help from the Dean because one of my professors prohibited me from recording his lectures. “Jack, you must take my class like all the other students. No exceptions for you because you are in a wheelchair,” he said to me in front of my classmates.
After classes each day, I listened to the lectures one more time and made notes to study. Then, I prepared for the next day of classes between 10pm and 2 am. In reality, I attended four years of law school in two years. My perseverance resulted in obtaining my Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Texas School of Law in the top 10% of my class.
God has spoken in Scripture about perseverance.
3: Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance;
4: perseverance, character; and character, hope.
5: And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.
Let us pray together.
Dear God, I thank You for gifting me my abilities, my hopes, and my dreams.
God, in prayer please renew my faith in You and the hope in me that my dreams may come true.
God, in prayer please help me to persevere and be steadfast in the conviction that my dreams and goals are worthy of such effort.
God, as You did for Dusty Baker, in Your grace and love for me, please place me on the right path where the dreams You’ve dreamed for me come true.
God, I may never win the World Series or be like Dusty Baker and lead a team to a World Championship. Yet, I am Your child. No matter what dreams of mine will come true. Being a child of You, my God, and sharing Your love with others is more than enough for me. Amen
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Ann Boland, Jack’s Publicist