Re: IF we adopt Adrian's perspective....
posted at 5/9/2011 4:42 PM EDT
In Response to Re: IF we adopt Adrian's perspective....
I prefer not to mix religion with sports. Religion doesn't mix well with too many things in life. Engraving a message on his bats would be useless if the man didn't work hard at his profession. It would be meaningless without the extra batting practice, the extra fielding practice. It's nice to have faith in something, as it keeps many people off the streets (on Sunday , at least). But religious beliefs have also led to more dead bodies than I care to count (see; Osama bin Laden). My advice to people who want to better themselves; work hard at what you want to be. Believe in who you are . Be honest with yourself. Be honest with others. If you see someone that needs help, help if you can. And above all, try and have some laughs along the way, there may not be time later on. No one wants a life filled with regrets. ..or you could carve psalm #'s all around and wait for divine intervention. I choose the former. The latter is too much like playing the lottery.
Posted by ZILLAGOD
I doubt that Adrian was saying sit back and wait on something to happen.
His work ethic and skill set say much more than that.
But he isn't derailed by the eroding voices of fear and negativity that come from so many directions ... even our brother "fans" who choose to be twisted by all the negatives they see.
A man's (person's) outlook on sports is often the same as his outlook on life. If all he can do is find fault and visit negativity upon "his" team, it is likely that person deals with his life similarly.
It's unfortunate that so many do look upon religion as some form of spiritual lottery. What even this one verse shows is that it is a relationship of substance and trust. It is as appropriate for Adrian to use this strength in daily life as it is in his outlook at the plate or in the field.
But even if one erases the faith issue, it is an outlook issue. Fear and negativity are choices. Strength and positivity are too.
Adrian is choosing strength and positivity.
And I was hoping that others here might as well. Especially those who seem to need it.