“A Follower, not a Fan”

Today, I went to Mass with Lennon at school. It’s amazing how much you can learn from Mass when it’s geared for children between the ages of 5-13. 🙂 Father Tom asked the kids what was the difference between being a “fan” of God and being a “follower” of God. Even I was a little puzzled at first, but after a little explanation, it was clear. Fans sit of the sidelines to watch, while followers are involved, invested in the journey. Great analogy with the Super Bowl approaching.

This past month, I have had the pleasure of getting to know a young man who is a great example of being a “follower” of God. He doesn’t sit on the side and watch, he decided to get involved in the game, literally.

We met Matt last fall at The Basketry Fundraiser. Matt was entering a baseball competition called “Home Runs That Help,” and had decided that he wanted to raise money in honor of Benjamin for the Miracles To Milestones playground.

The competition was held January 4th in Miami, and with our family Miami news connections (thanks Holly and Sheldon), Matt even made their local news to share his cause. 🙂 Benjamin and I cuddled on the couch, and watched Matt live. We couldn’t have been prouder.

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This week Matt came by and brought Benjamin the money he raised (Thanks to his sponsors!) with over $1300, a signed homerun baseball, and a cap from the event. Matt took the talent that God blessed him with, and turned it around to bless others. This is such a great response to what is said in Luke 12:48… “Much will be required of the person entrusted with much, and still more will be demanded of the person entrusted with more.”

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I can only hope that my children will be more of a “follower” and not just a “fan.” Thanks Matt for being such a great example for my children and our community.

http://blog.nola.com/river/2014/01/luling_baseball_player_helps_r.html#incart_river

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