This man is the oldest man to ever play professional baseball. He’s 83 years old! He was given the chance to start a game for the Sioux Falls Canaries. With his at-bat– four pitches, one of which he fouled off– he made his way into the record books.
For him, it wasn’t about records, but the challenge. This man wasn’t there for the glory, but to have a chance to see what he could do against kids a quarter of his age.
We live in a day in age where people are doing things for fame all the time. We live in a time where people eat all kinds of disgusting body parts, jump off buildings with rubber bands tied on their legs, and do just about anything for the thrill of the money or the rush of adrenaline.
This guy’s purpose is different. He wanted to try his stuff against the real thing. He wanted to be part of the fight. He wished to have more at bats.
This leaves us with two questions:
- What in your life are you not doing, and will look back and wish you tried?
- Why aren’t you attempting great things for God– you just might be surprised tha He gives you the strength to accomplish it?
My grandfather was like this. The last time he was up in our hometown he rode the round up with my sister. He was in his upper 80s. We were all worried that he’d have a heart attack, but he called my sister a chicken. She wasn’t– I was!
I miss my grandfather who died this past February, but if there was anything that his life displayed it was going forward as long as you could no matter what tried to stop you. Knowing that I’ll see him again some day is of great comfort and a challenge.