Baseball, Recovery and the Everyday Spiritual Walk

The Texas Rangers are in town this weekend.  So this morning Brian Roberts, second baseman of the Baltimore Orioles and Josh Hamilton, center fielder of the Texas Rangers came to Helping Up Mission and spoke about their faith to the guys.

They both spoke about their real need to trust Jesus as their personal saviors as well as to have a daily walk with Him.  Both acknowledged their real sense of calling to be a believer as a professional baseball player.  Each of them also spoke about making inappropriate choices as believers which have caused them and those who love them pain.  Of special connection to us here was Josh’s addiction background, his recovery and his subsequent incredible baseball career. 

Brian and Diana Roberts have been friends of Helping Up Mission for the last couple of years and both have been here on multiple occasions.  It was Brian who made the arrangements with Josh for him to come today. 

For a bunch of sports fans here at Helping Up Mission, this was a real treat.  We have so many wonderful friends who have supported us over the years.  Thanks to all of you.  We are who we are and we do what we do, because of who you are and because of what you do.  Go Orioles!

One Day at a Time,
Pastor Gary Byers
Spiritual Life Director