Playing in the Big Leagues

Satchel Paige threw his first major league pitch at the age of 42. He was good enough to play in the majors at the age of 18, but he couldn’t: Satchel Paige was black. Finally, seven years after Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in baseball, Paige, an undisputed superstar everywhere but in the major leagues, got his chance.

Most people doubted his ability to compete effectively at his age, but Paige silenced the critics when he won his first three games as a pro, shutting out Chicago twice in the process.

All along, he knew he was good enough to pitch in the major leagues, and when he finally got his chance, he proved it. He went on to win 28 games during his pro career and even made a brief comeback at the age of 59, pitching three innings for the Kansas City A’s.

He approached his major league pitching debut no differently than he approached any of the 2,500 games he pitched during his career. “It was just another game,” he said, “and home plate was where it always was.”

Though Paige had the ability to make throwing a baseball look effortless, he spent his life perfecting the art. Eventually, he got his chance to show the world he was capable of competing with the best.

King Solomon said, “Do you see a man skilled in his work? He will serve before kings; he will not serve before obscure men.” (Proverbs 22:29)

Solomon is emphasizing that commitment to quality is more important than self-promotion. Do your job well, he says, and you’ll get your chance to serve before the best.

In the work that you do, you may have to wait years before you get your chance to play in the big leagues. Even if your chance never comes in quite the way you would like it to, you can work with the assurance that your job — even the most menial tasks — are performed before your King. That is why you pursue excellence.

Your time will come; never give up on the dream of being the best you can be.

With Love,

Mike Tucker