|Our rehearsal dinner in 2011 at the Tulsa Drillers ballpark. SO much fun!|
As of today, there are 19 days until Opening Day. So, at our house, the real World Series is on (USA team has made it to the playoffs!) and we watch the MLB network constantly. Luckily, it's pretty entertaining and I even enjoyed a short series they did on finding the next great Knuckler (Knuckleball is a dying way of pitching that is SUPER cool and really hard to hit)
He has only ever known the Yankee pin stripe and says he was thankful each day he put on that prestigious uniform.
During the press conference, the room was filled with reporters, cameras, executives and all current Yankees, but most importantly, he was surrounded by his wife, and two boys. Sitting tall next to their father, who was announcing the end of one of the greatest careers in a sport that often yields questions of steroid use, or players acting out against other players... he was one that stood tall and led the game from the center mound with class and a quiet humbleness.
You see, the thing that struck me most, was his message. When many in this day and age thank God for their talents but lack a life that backs up their faith, this man is genuine, and lives out his message every day. To his teammates, and to his fans. It was evident as he spoke, the respect he has gained over the years. He is a great example of the work Christ can do in you and how to effectively use a platform for the advancing of His Kingdom.
As the 2013 season begins, the Yankees will travel to over 81 away games. At each location, Mo has asked that the organization find someone in that town that exemplifies the game of baseball. And they don't have to be Yankee fans. Whether it be a man who has attended every game since he was 7, or a family who drives 3 hours every summer to attend a game together, or a grandfather who brings his grandson to each game, they will bring those people at each city to Mo so he can thank them in person for supporting one of the greatest games of all time.
You know what's great? Mo has used this moment in his life to be an even greater influence on the lives of others. What better way to meet people from all over the country, than to have them brought directly to him. I imagine he will thank them, and even use it as an opportunity to witness. How awesome.
How do you use your current job as a platform for the Kingdom? I know I don't as much as I should. I should be praying over each family I take photos of. Praying over each couple that is about to get married. That is how I should use this talent that the Lord has given me.
For that is what Mo has done.
Well done Mo. Well done.