Don't Be Afraid to Strike Out

Don't Be Afraid to Strike Out

Who is generally acknowledged to be the greatest big-leage baseball player in the game's history? Babe Ruth, naturally! Nobody denies that.

And who holds the greatest lifetime record of striking out? The same Babe Ruth!
The mighty Babe hit a total of 714 big-league home runs. In 1927 his record was sixty for the season—a mark every heavy hitter has been aiming at since.

His lifetime total of strikes-out was a whopping 1,330! In other words, he struck out almost twice as many times as he knocked home runs! When he hit 'em, he hit 'em. But when he didn't, he really didn't.

Babe Ruth wasn't afraid to strike out. He wasn't afraid to try. When he connected, he went places. What connection was there between his record strike-outs and his record home runs?

Just this—he wasn't afraid to strike out. He gave each swing all he had. And, by the law of averages, he connected with enough pitches to more than make up for his misses.

If there's any sin most of us are guilty of, it's the sin of not trying—of giving our second best—of failing to aim high in our lives.

Already in your life you've conquered fears and challenges that once looked insurmountable. Remember when you started to school how difficult reading and writing looked? Now you do both easily. But you still face obstacles.

Whether you conquer them or not doesn't depend so much on native ability as on your willingness to try.

The sin of omission is the sin of "not doing." Not long ago Dr. Lewis K. Sillcox, one of America's great authorities on railroads, was asked to take a hard job. At the age of seventy, most men want to avoid hard tasks. Not Dr. Sillcox. When asked to head up the financial drive for a lovely chapel at a state mental hospital, he said he would be glad to. Furthermore, he said, he considered it a duty to do all the good we can as we go along. "The sin of omission is the most frequently committed of all," he stated.

The sin of not doing. The sin of not trying. The sin of doing our second or third best. These plague us more than the excess faults. Few of us dare be truly bad. We land in jail if we are.

But no policeman will rap on our door if we do nothing. Usually nobody knows but us.

God wants us to be our best—physically, mentally, socially, and spiritually. He wants our bodies to be well developed and healthy. He wants our minds kept clear and sharp by hard thinking. He wants us to mingle freely and easily with our fellow men. He wants us to worship and love him.

To live so fully as this takes daring. We must be willing to strike out—to have people laugh at our failures as well as admire our successes.

Strangely enough, our failures teach us more than our successes ever do. Therefore, when we strike out, we are apt to learn.

Don't be afraid to strike out! Inevitably you'll hit a homerun. Babe Ruth did.

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