Hit And Run

 

Jackie Robinson

 

In baseball, a hit and run is a high risk/high reward offensive strategy used to advance base runners. It uses a stolen base attempt to try to place the defending infielders out of position for an attempted base hit. In other words, the defense will be so busy with the runner stealing second they will be out of place to field the base hit, if in fact the batter gets the base hit. So, the risk in a hit and run situation, is that the batter may not get a hit. The reward only comes if the batter gets a hit, or the base runner is a sitting duck.

In legal circles, the term “hit and run,” means to leave the scene of an accident without either reporting the incident or waiting for police to arrive. To leave someone stranded when you hit them is not only immoral, it’s unlawful and just plain wrong. Comparing the term’s use, it’s amazing how a negative in one realm can be a positive in another. And so it is in life.

Jackie Robinson could hit and run. He broke the color barrier in baseball and he did it running and hitting. A hit is a big deal, such as a “smash hit.” A hit is a huge or whopping success, like a hit song or number that is pleasing and popular. A hit in the baseball game of life is a good thing or a high time and so we are formed and fashioned to get hits. By the way, hits on my blog are a welcome thing (Thanks for reading!)

A run is a score. When you get a hit you run the bases you are to run and head for home as fast as you can. Spiritually, we need more hits. Hitting is a combination of concentration, focus and timing. For some of us, our concentration is divvied and divided; its spit and splintered; it’s fractured and fragmented. We need focus. We need to forget the fiction of multitasking and concentrate on what matters; loving and living well. We would score more and strike out less if we would focus on edifying and enlightening and not demonizing and dehumanizing.

I just got a hit at work. I was in a hit and run situation and I not only got a hit but I caused our team to get a run. Every positive, purposive and progressive thing we do and word we say is a hit. Every negative thought and nasty deed is an out. Do the math. How many negative thoughts run through your head every day? We “hit” others with negative notions and damaging emotions that leave co-workers and co-laborers lying on the side of the road, and we then drive off and leave them for dead.

Hit and run, not for evil, but for good. Jackie Robinson Derek was a consummate baseball player, and is one of the most complete players of our time. He is the essence and epitome of a risk/reward player. He took the risk of doing what no player had done before, and then reaped the reward that resonates with us today. So remember that a hit and run that is a high risk/high reward strategy that will advance you, your team and your cause. Many don’t like to take the risk, but as the philosopher and theologian Søren Kierkegaard taught us, “Without risk, there can be no faith.”

So take a risk; hit and run. Be nice to the person that was meant to you; smile at the person that growls at you; go out of your way to do something for the person that wants nothing to do with you. In other words, “Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, and do good to them that despitefully use you and persecute you” (Matthew 5:44). Force your opponents out of position; catch the enemy of our souls off guard; hit and run and make a play. The risk is worth the reward.

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