Big League Impact

"Remember to act like an adult, because if I were there I'd be acting like a 10 year old kid!" 

Josh's text came through just as we stepped onto the field of Busch Stadium for batting practice last Friday. Josh is also a life-long St. Louis Cardinals fan, and by God's good grace we both found ourselves far from the Southern Illinois homes where we grew up, coaching our boys' little league baseball team in McKinney, TX last year...the Cardinals. 

Batting practice with the Cardinals is on my bucket list. It was as enjoyable an experience as I had imagined.  

I'm amazed by some of the people that I've had the privilege to work alongside over the past few years. Beginning with my teams, and branching out from there, I never cease to be amazed by how many people are engaged in really fantastic work around the world. Adam Wainwright is one of those people. 

Adam joined my favorite team in 2003 through a trade deal but became a favorite in the Runyon house in 2006 when he saved the series winning games of the NLCS and the World Series.

Waino is a great ball player, but I had no idea that he held a strong faith in Jesus Christ until recently when I began to hear more about his story. Check out this testimony about Adam's witness from another legendary Cardinals pitcher, Chris Carpenter. 


Thanks to a gracious friend who made the connection, my son and I had the chance to chat with Adam during batting practice last week. We got some autographs, snapped a picture, and talked baseball. We also spoke about ministry things that we're each doing. I loved this! 

Kids have a way of sniffing out fakers. Adam wasn't faking it, and I love that my son was part of this conversation. 

Two thoughts came to mind as we walked from the stadium to our hotel that night. 

First, God is using some men and women with incredible influence to make the world better. I'm thankful to have had the chance to meet some of them recently. Like Adam, those doing the best work are the quietest and are using their platform to get things done in the background instead of lifting themselves up publicly.

And second, we all have a platform. We may watch our favorite sports heroes on TV every night, but our kids are watching us. Our neighbors are watching us. Our employees and co-workers are watching us, and open to our input and influence. You can change their lives for the better. 

You have a platform. Use it to make the world a better place, quietly and effectively in the background. We all have an opportunity to make a difference. Take it!