My Nephews And BaseballMar 17th, 2011 | By Jacob | Category: Editorials
My great-nephew, Braxton Taff, played his first ever coach-pitch baseball game last week. I didn’t get to go. Braxton lives in Wakulla County. I would love to see him play, though.
I never got to see my nephew, Ryan Leutner, play baseball, either. From all accounts, Ryan was a great baseball player. The only chance I ever got to see Ryan play was on a clip from Channel 6′s Eyewitness News as he laid down a hit and brought a runner home in a playoff game for Wakulla High School.
Ryan’s specialty was pitching and he would play on a travel ball team during his high school team’s off-season. Big league dreams for him were put on hold, however, as he moved just across the river from me into Hamilton County to stay with his grandmother, Dot Leutner. He got a job and a girlfriend. Now, he’s talking about joining the Army this summer. I hope and pray that before he makes such a momentous decision that he will consider the cost. In any decision that he makes, I pray that he will consider the cost.
One of the things that I regret about my life is making rash decisions without sitting down, taking a sheet of paper and weighing the pros and cons of my actions. I wish that I had found an older person that I trusted as a mentor (whether my father or any other trusted adviser) to discuss the situations with. Most of all, I wish that I had prayed for God’s guidance in the decision-making process.
Proverbs 3:6 tells us: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge him, and He shall direct your paths.”
The advice offered by King Solomon is still appropriate for me to follow today. It is also good advice for Ryan, for Braxton and for anyone else.