Purpose Above Dreams

First of all, I apologize to everyone for not posting in such a long time. It has been a hectic spring for me with softball and school. However, with summer starting to kick in, I’m finding myself with a little more downtime than I expected and a lot of time to think of things to write about. With that being said, here’s what I’ve been thinking about for the past couple of weeks:

More often than not in the game of softball, we know what the outcome will be at the end of the game. It sounds bad in retrospect, but it is true. There is very rarely a cinderella team in this game, and very rarely are there tremendous upsets. Playing for a team like Alabama, I’ve come to expect to win every game that I play and usually that mindset works out. I am not saying this to sound cocky. I am saying that in confidence because of my amazing coaches and talented teammates. When it doesn’t work out the way we like, it’s just back to the drawing board and taking away positives from a game where we don’t like the result. That being said, that mindset doesn’t work when you lose the national championship game.

Positives thoughts are thrown away with the empty gatorade bottles, hope tossed away with the vast amount of athletic tape, and all that’s left is a sense of something not finished, something empty. I have a hard time putting into words the devastation that I felt after that final out was made. Imagine living your dream, being so close to everything you have worked for your entire life, so close you can taste it, see it, feel it… and then suddenly it vanishes. How do you draw positives from that? How do you pick yourself back up? There is no “next game” … Where do you go?

Sometimes I wonder, especially the last couple of weeks, if Jesus ever had a dream or a goal like the ones that we set ourselves here on Earth. The more I’ve thought about it the answer is no. Jesus didn’t have a dream, but what he did have was a purpose, a reason for existence just like we all have. Now, please do not get confused and think I’m telling you to not chase after your dreams, that is not what I’m saying at all. In fact, if you’ve ever received an autograph from me, you’d know that I put the verse Colossians 3:23 just under my signature. It reads: “Whatever you do, do with all your heart, as if working for the Lord and not for men.” I believe that we should chase our dreams because that is where we find the platform to share our faith. However, acheiving your dream is not quite as important as fulfilling your purpose. We are to chase God’s dreams that he has laid out for us, not ones that we create on our own. Everything is part of a greater and bigger plan that we cannot see.

You see, even if Jesus ever had any dreams, that isn’t what he was famous for. He was known because he fulfilled his purpose of coming to Earth to live amongst us perfectly and die for our sins. In turn, our purpose here on Earth is making his purpose known. This is what everyone should strive for: not to make your name known, but to make his name known. It is not the outcome or result of a season, it is not the winning and losing, and it’s not achieving your dream, it is achieving your purpose. It is making His name known in the process. Winning is just icing on the cake, and if you’re like me, you like cake without icing anyway.

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:19-21

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About Haylie McCleney

19 year old sophomore outfielder for the University of Alabama softball team. Playing the game to serve my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ †
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One Response to Purpose Above Dreams

  1. Gabriella Donnelly says:

    This blog is amazing Haylie! You open up eyes to the relationship everyone should have with their faith. Thank you for the great articles about sports and religion, connecting two great things in life. Thank you!

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