Appreciating The Little Things - Daniel Norris

Patience has always been an area in which I’ve needed to grow. For the past few months, I’ve been having dreams of playing baseball, then waking up with an itch to play. But like the rest of the world, I have to be patient and wait on God’s timing for this pandemic to end. Whether you’re an athlete or not, it’s literally all we can do to wait and have patience during this time. 

I can now look back and see the ways God has prepared my heart and mind for such a time as this. In 2018, I was struggling with my rehab. It probably was the biggest wall I’ve had to face in my baseball career. I was questioning if I would ever be able to pitch again in the big leagues. It felt as if my arm would never get back to where it once was. After surgery, each time I took the mound, I would only be able to pitch up to 70 percent of what I knew I was capable of. 

Losing confidence in myself, I felt inferior to everyone around me. In order to overcome my doubts and fears, I had to focus on what I had at the present time, instead of wishing for what was or what could have been. When I finally accepted where I was, I was able to focus on being the best I could be. Only after I began to mentally recover was I then able to start to physically recover. 

This spring training, I felt the best I ever have. I was able to see my hard work pay off. But after such a great spring training, it’s hard to be unable to play. Feeling as good as I do, I want to be able to use my gifts. But as I continue to learn patience, I know that I’ll be ready to put my skills to use when the season does begin. 

Living in fear or regret helps no one. In this time, we need to be appreciative of what we have, especially the little things. For example, I’ve never been able to surf in the middle of spring before! 

All we can do is appreciate what we have, and be patient as we trust God to take care of the rest. 

— Daniel Norris, Detroit Tigers pitcher

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