Hit By a Pitch
Regretfully, sometimes a wild pitch is intentional!
When a batter is hit by a pitch the batter gets to advance to first base automatically. Never mind the nasty bruise the batter will sport for several days. Last year, an Atlanta Braves player was on the disabled list with a broken jaw by a pitch that went astray. We may assume that the pitch just did go astray and of course is flying with tremendous speed. However, I heard John Smoltz, once an ace Atlanta Braves pitcher and now announcer, admit that there were a few times when the stray pitch was intentional. Ouch!
Our words can be like those pitches. Most of the time, they are thoughtless but hurtful words. There are times when hurtful words are also insidious. In fact, there are times when words fly with barbs that are masked in joking. Words of truth filtered through joking can also bring serious and long lasting injury. The Apostle Paul admonished the believers in Colosse to “let your speech be with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.”
Salt seasons to something tasteful. Just this week I mentioned to my grandson that he should always taste something before adding salt. That way he would not over salt it and make it difficult to swallow. Maybe we should do the same. Try the words silently on the tongue before we fling them out to others. As I read on a poster once, “Engage brain before loosing tongue.”
Please never be guilty of hitting the batter. You may well become the loser for doing so. That free base may become a run scored to your account. Words spoken thoughtlessly are impossible to retrieve.