Little League Baseball is in full swing again. Hopeful teams have been chosen by hopeful coaches and enough games have been played to give everyone a pretty fair picture of where they stand. Sad to say, for every game that’s played, there are winners and there are losers. We don’t like to see our team lose, but that’s just the way competition works. All sports, be it baseball or whatever, dictate this fact.

Until this season, our grandson’s, Hagen and Landon Brown, have both played on winning teams—those who won more games than they lost. But this year Hagen was chosen to be on a team that—no matter how hard they tried, up until a week or so ago, they hadn’t won a single game. It broke my heart to watch his team lose the night we were there to watch. But in all the happenings I saw and felt that this was God’s will for him at this time. So I wrote him this note.

Dear Hagen,

We are so proud of you when we witness your good sportsmanship even though your team continues to lose. You are such a precious grandson and we know you are a special gift from God. Some day God is going to do great things with you.Right now this is part of your preparation for that time. No one likes to lose, but remember what Jesus lost: his friends, family, ministry, and eventually His life, so He understands. When you begin to feel badly because of your losses, take those feelings to Him and He will help you feel like a winner, even if it’s not in baseball. Love, Granny

Everyone is a loser sometimes. And some poor souls live in a perpetual state of loss for various reasons. Beloved, as Christ followers it’s our duty to encourage them in any way we can, so we must take inventory of ourselves on a regular basis. Does it break my heart when I see anyone who is a loser, or do I just ignore their pain? When was the last time I made a phone call, spoke a kind word in passing, or wrote a note to a loser? When was the last time I mentioned their name in prayer? (Isaiah 61:1NKJV) The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives. This passage was speaking about Jesus, but don’t forget that we are His head, heart, hands and feet to encourage all losers who cross our paths in any way we can.

— Rebecca Somoskey