Taylor Hit a Granny!

November 3, 2010 at 12:31 am 7 comments

Watch out SF Giants, here comes Taylor up to bat!  As you know, Taylor LOVES baseball (sometimes more than Susanna and me!) and his dream was to hit a home run.  I wrote about him here and there, but Susanna wanted to write this post on the occasion of his Grand Slam home run (that’s the “Granny”) that he hit recently:

I have a confession.  I didn’t think that Taylor was going to hit a home run this season nor do a grand slam.  I lacked faith.  But he didn’t.

I have learned a few spiritual lessons from this experience.

Taylor never gave up hope; he had vision that one day as a little leaguer, he would hit a home run and even possibly do a grand slam!

This reminded me of a verse from Proverbs that I had memorized in King James Version:

Proverbs 29:18 (King James Version) “Where there is no vision, the people perish…”

Despite his mom’s lack of vision, Taylor had a vision in his heart that one day he was going to hit that baseball out of the little league field.  It only happened in his 7th season.   He began playing at age 5.

But I do remember his marvel and awe when I took him to his very first baseball game at age 3 to an Oakland A’s game.   He was so much in awe of the stadium, he was literally speechless.   As we were walking back to the parking lot, his head was turned to the stadium, unable to let go of the sight of the stadium.  He was hooked.

Last season was a tough one for him as he was in a slump.  What if he gave up after his sixth season?  He would have never experienced the thrill of hitting a home run and then the game after that hitting a grand slam!

As I have been in ministry for many years, I have heard many people use the words “giving up” rather than humbling oneself to try again or in some cases repenting over one’s sins.   Why?  Giving up is the easiest.  Yet when we give up we forfeit the vision that God has for us.  It’s too great of a price to pay.

I was also wrong about baseball.  I thought Taylor would progress from hitting a single to a double then to a triple and then a home run.  No, he actually jumped from hitting singles (and striking out) to hitting a home run.

What is the secret?   He never gave up.

Every day I catch him swinging an imaginary bat in the living room or in his bedroom.  He never missed a practice or a game unless he was ill or he was down at Gracepoint Berkeley attending Element Bible Study or InterHigh activities.

Day in and day out, he kept swinging that bat, never losing hope and never losing that vision of one day being a grand slammer!

Son, I am proud of you and I thank you for teaching a huge spiritual lesson to mom, who lacked faith.

[Here is a video footage of his big night captured by a teammate’s grandfather (he pitched in addition to hitting that grand slam):]

 

I have a confession.  I didn’t think that Taylor was going to hit a home run this season nor do a grand slam.  I lacked faith.  But he didn’t.
I have learned a few spiritual lessons from this experience.

Taylor never gave up hope; he had vision that one day as a little leaguer, he would hit a home run and even possibly do a grand slam!

This reminded me of a verse from Proverbs that I had memorized in King James Version:

Proverbs 29:18 (King James Version)

18Where there is no vision, the people perish…

Despite his mom’s lack of vision, Taylor had a vision in his heart that one day he was going to hit that baseball out of the little league field.  It only happened in his 7th season.  He began playing at age 5.
But I do remember his marvel and awe when I took him to his very first baseball game at age 3 to Oakland A’s game.  He was so much in awe of the stadium, he was literally speechless.  As we were walking back to the parking lot, his head was turned to the stadium, unable to let go of the sight of the stadium.  He was hooked.

Last season was a tough one for him as he was in a slump.  What if he gave up after his sixth season?  He would have never experienced the thrill of hitting a home run and then the game after that hitting a grand slam!

As I have been in ministry for many years, I have heard many people use the words “giving up” rather than humbling oneself to try again or in some cases repenting over one’s sins.  Why?  Giving up is the easiest.  Yet when we give up we forfeit the vision that God has for us.  It’s too great of a price to pay.

I was also wrong about baseball.  I thought Taylor would progress from hitting a single to a double then to a triple and then a home run.  No, he actually jumped from hitting singles (and striking out) to hitting a home run.

What is the secret?  He never gave up.

Every day I catch him swinging an imaginary bat in the living room or in his bedroom.  He never missed a practice or a game unless he was ill or he was down at Gracepoint Berkeley attending Element Bible Study or Element activities.

Day in and day out, he kept swinging that bat, never losing hope and never losing that vision of one day being a grand slammer!

Son, I am proud of you and I thank you for teaching a huge spiritual lesson to mom, who lacked faith.

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7 Comments Add your own

  • 1. John  |  November 3, 2010 at 8:41 am

    Wow, what an exciting night for Taylor! Congratulations on hard work, as well as teaching some lessons on hope and perseverance. I’m proud of you. I hope Nico will be able to do the same one day and follow your example. 🙂

    Reply
  • 2. Allen  |  November 3, 2010 at 10:57 am

    WOW, that’s awesome! Congratulations Taylor! Thank you for the lesson on perseverance.

    Reply
  • 3. grandmom  |  November 3, 2010 at 5:14 pm

    Taylor Lee, good work, good job, congratulations!
    I am so proud of you Taylor!
    I know your perseverance, endurance, and patience.
    Halmony & Harabgy thank God that you are doing your best.
    keep on doing your best for study at school, baseball, for
    God’s work.
    I wish I could go there to giving big hug to you Taylor!

    Reply
  • 4. Markito  |  November 4, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    wow Taylor, you keep getting batter and batter! Congratulations!

    Reply
  • 5. kaihonlee  |  November 5, 2010 at 9:09 am

    Wow! Congratulations Taylor! That grand slam looked really cool. Thanks Taylor for showing us what can happen if only we never give up.

    Reply
  • 6. Drew  |  November 6, 2010 at 12:57 am

    What a shot! Congrats Taylor! Looked a bit like juan uribe there

    Reply
  • 7. taylor lee  |  February 8, 2011 at 8:56 pm

    mom… nice post but fyi i wasnt thaaat bad before i hit a home run. Each season i got better and better

    Reply

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