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Friday, July 17, 2009

Perseverance


George Herman Ruth Jr., or *Babe* Ruth (1895-1948), is arguably the greatest baseball player of all times. He was the first player to hit 60 home runs in one season (1927), and this record stood for 34 years until it was broken by Roger Maris in 1961. Ruth's lifetime total of 714 home runs at his retirement in 1935 was a record for 39 years, until broken by Hank Aaron in 1974. His lifetime batting average was 0.342, and he made 2873 hits, and 714 home runs.


I'm not really a baseball fan, although I can understand it unlike football. Still, I heard this quote yesterday and found it inspiring:


Don't let the fear of striking out hold you back. -- Babe Ruth


The Babe only connected with a little more than 3 out of 10 pitches, and yet this is the 10th highest average in baseball history.


You do not need to do the job perfectly. Just keep persevering, without even looking at what is accumulating, and you may be surprised.

4 comments:

Anne L.B. said...

Guess what immediately comes to mind?

And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. (Galatians 6:9)

More easily said than done. But perseverance is well worth what we reap now, as well as what we'll enjoy when we collect the treasure in heaven we've been storing up.

gzusfreek said...

Nice.
Great verse, Anne -
I thought of Rev. 2:7
He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.

Its early . . .what a great way to start my day
Thank you, Amy! This is one of my fav posts!

Billy Coffey said...

As a lifetime baseball and Yankee fan, I love this post! So true. The very best who've ever played still failed seven times out of ten. Baseball is quite humbling. Life is, too.

lynnrush said...

Nice post, Amy. Just keep persevering. Right on!!