When we were younger, many of us received the call to play T-Ball, and/or baseball. We may have had a flyer sent home from school, or a postcard in the mail, or maybe a friend encouraged us to sign up. This is what we could refer to as a “common call” – everyone is welcome, anyone can play, and they are encouraged to do so.
As the years pass, some have more of an interest in continuing to play, and some have more ability than others. Eventually the “herd” is thinned out and by the time high school rolls around some talent has been lost to bad choices or other interests. Some peaked early and have been passed up in ability, and what remains is what we see on our high school fields.
God has given my son the ability to throw a baseball fast and with accuracy and with unusual movement. Because of that, he received “the call” to continue playing at the college level. What he does with that call is up to him.