Don Lotspieche has a heart of gold and a personality that you can only shake your head and wonder about. He also has two boys. He’s good to them and treats their friends like they’re his as well.
One of those boys is one hell of an athlete. He’s a football player. Football is huge in South Texas. And it’s even bigger in Refugio. Well, there are other sports to play and Don was trying to convince one of his boys’ friends to play baseball. The team needed another player, and this kid’s dedication and athletic ability made him a pretty big target for everybody’s recruiting efforts. 😉
Just to let you know what kind of boy this is, know this. He read about two-a-days in the local newspaper and so when the day rolled around, he went to practice. He started in with all of the other kids until one of the coaches had to pull him aside.
“Two-a-days are for highschool only, ” coach informed him.
He’s in the seventh grade. He wakes up at night to lift weights. He goes to two-a-days anyway and works out while the older boys practice. Then, when the first session is over and they run wind sprints, he gets in line and runs too. After that he goes back to lifting and waits for the second session to end so he can run again with “the big boys”.
Well Don, in wisdom like only Don has, laid one on him right before little league started. Don’s not the most wealthy man in the world, and the boy is not very well off either.
“You need to play ball, ” he said.
“Nope. I don’t like baseball. I’m a football player, ” came the reply.
“You see this fifty dollar bill? This fifty says you’re gonna play baseball, ” Don told him, “And if you keep it until the end of the year, I’ll give you another one.”
The deal was on. He played ball and Don payed up. The end of the year rolled around and when Don asked about that fifty the kid reached into his pocket on the spot and, along with his toothy grin, showed it to Don.
Then he told Don not to pay him the other fifty. He only needed one I guess.
In today’s readings John quotes Christ as saying, “And this is the will of the one who sent me, that I should not lose anything of what he gave me, but that I should raise it on the last day.”
Too many times I find that people, including myself, let things they are passionate about or very talented at fall into the hazy oblivion that is ‘real life’. And it’s so true that if you don’t use it, you lose it. Our Lord grants us passion and desire for things for a reason. On the last day, when you get put on the spot, will you raise up those things He gave to you?