Softball and our team's spiritual scoreboard

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Most of our team had never really played softball before. In fact, 11 out of the 13 girls were beginners and one of our exchange students hadn’t even heard the word softball before she came to school. Now, these girls were all members of a junior varsity softball team at a high school for Christian Scientists. And I was the coach.

We were preparing to play a season against experienced junior varsity opponents. On the surface, the task was daunting. Most girls on the opposing teams had played at least five times the amount of games in their respective careers than our entire team. How could we ever compete?

As a Christian Scientist, I’ve found that learning new things and overcoming challenges is a way to demonstrate the Christ in our lives and serve God better. Growing up in a Christian Science Sunday School taught me that “. . . it is the duty and privilege of every child, man, and woman,—to follow in some degree the example of the Master by the demonstration of Truth and Life, of health and holiness” (Science and Health, p. 37).

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