by Bryan Wagner
Who is your favorite baseball player? What makes him stand out from
the rest? Which guy would you want in the dugout with you when it becomes
crunch time? These are only a few of the questions that need to be answered
to find a great player and someone we want to be like.
Let me add some more qualifications. A player that is there day in,
day out with a great attitude giving it his all. Playing hard, playing
hurt and getting his uniform dirty. A player that encourages, lifts up
slumping teammates and is always a joy to be around. A real TEAM player,
a guy who makes those around him better and looks out for the interests
of those around him. A good sport, playing within the rules and treating
opposing players with respect. A player that is always hustling to and
from the dugout, who runs hard around the base paths even on routine outs.
A leader who sets a good example on and off the field, by not just what
he says, but what he does. A guy who knows how and when to motivate. When
to pat a teammate on the back or kick him on the backside. A class player
that is confident, not cocky. A player that overcomes every obstacle thrown
in his way. A completely humble person who is kind and approachable for
the fans. A total package.
Do you know someone like this? I do. His playing field is different.
So is His uniform, His dugout and game. His opponent is bigger, craftier
and deadlier but not
Jesus Christ is His name. He does all that the greatest players of all
time can do and a whole lot more. He even gave His life for the team. He
is a winner. I can rely on Him and so can you. Search God's word daily
to find the attributes that can make you into a winner.
Bryan Wagner is a former NFL punter. He played on several teams during
his career, including the original Cleveland Browns. Bryan currently works
as a financial consultant, and lives in Northeast Ohio, with his wife Robin
and their three children.