There is a woman, a young woman, between the ages of 18-25, lived in a suburban community of Atlanta, Georgia. Played softball at a highly competitive level all through high school and then was signed by a D-1 university on a full ride scholarship where she played and succeeded. Until…
…until life hit and things began to get messy and complicated. And when life gets messy and complicated we often have to make decisions that are not always popular nor necessarily beneficial to us personally but for others.
Monica made these decisions anyway.
With her permission I am posting some of her words recently written for all to see. I was inspired by her commitment to family, her commitment to take action and by her commitment to make the right decision.
Here are Monica’s words from “It’s Been Two Years”.
“It’s been two years since the last pitch I threw in an NCAA D1 game, Two years since I played for a university so far away that my dad couldn’t watch my games, Two years since I set records, won 50 games, threw a no hitter, only to look around and see no one who was proud of me. Two years since I heard that my dad had cancer. Two years since I decided to give up my full ride and find a school closer to him. Two years since I stood in front of an NCAA committee, holding back tears, requesting to play at school closer to my dad. Two years since that committee told me that my reason for transferring wasn’t adequate and banned me from participating in softball until the 2012 season.
Today is a day that will end a long two years, it starts the beginning of a season that I’m dedicating to the committee who denied my release, the coach that told me my father was selfish, the people who never supported me, and anyone else who thought I couldn’t make it back.” End of quote.
I will not add to that, except to say, each of us have situations where people have quit believing in us, or they have made it difficult, at times intentionally, for us to make the right and responsible decision.
God will never do that.
He will give you the strength, determination and inspiration to bring you back. Google the story of Joseph in the Bible.
Great job Monica. Great job.
P.S. Monica, anytime you are ready to find a college age group looking for leaders, just say the word. I know where it is.