This teenager lived alone with his father, and the two of them
had a very special relationship. Even though the son was always
on the bench,his father was always in the stands cheering. He
never missed a game. This young man was still the smallest of
the class when he entered high school. But his father continued
to encourage him but also made it very clear that he did not
have to play football if he didn't want to. But the young man
loved football and decided to hang in there. He was determined
to try his best at every practice, and perhaps he'd get to play
when he became a senior. All through high school he never missed
a practice nor a game, but remained a bench warmer all four
years. His faithful father was always in the stands, always
with words of encouragement for him. When the young man went
to college,he decided to try out for the football team as a
"walk-on". Everyone was sure he could never make the
cut, but he did. The coach admitted that he kept him on the
roster because he always puts his heart and soul to every practice
and at the same time, provided the other members with the spirit
and hustle they badly needed. The news that he had survived
the cut thrilled him so much that he rushed to the nearest phone
and called his father. His father shared his excitement and
was sent season tickets for all the college games. This persistent
young athlete never missed practice during his four years at
college, but he never got to play in the game. It was the end
of his senior football season, and as he trotted onto the practice
field shortly before the big play off game, the coach met him
with a telegram. The young man read the telegram and became
deathly silent. Swallowing hard, he mumbled to the coach, "My
father died this morning. Is it all right if I miss practice
today?" The coach put his arm gently around his shoulder
and said, "Take the rest of the week off, son. And don't
even plan to come to the game on Saturday. Saturday arrived,
and the game was not going well. In the third quarter,when the
team was ten points behind, a silent young man quietly slipped
into the empty locker room and put on his football gear. As
he ran onto the sidelines, the coach and his players were astounded
to see their faithful teammate back so soon. "Coach, please
let me play. I've just got to play today,"said the young
man. The coach pretended not to hear him. There was no way he
wanted his worst player in this close playoff game. But the
young man persisted, and finally felling sorry for the kid,
the coach gave in. "All right,"he said. "You
can go in." Before long, the coach, the players and everyone
in the stands could not believe their eyes. This little unknown,
who had never played before was doing everything right. The
opposing team could not stop him, He ran, he passed, blocked
and tackled like a star. His team began to triumph. The score
was soon tied. In the closing seconds of the game, the kid intercepted
a pass and ran all the way for the winning touchdown. The fans
broke loose. His teammates hoisted him onto their shoulders.
Such cheering you've never heard! Finally, after the stands
had emptied and the team had showered and left the locker room,
the coach noticed that
the young man was sitting quietly in the corner all alone. The
coach came to him and said, "Kid, I can't believe it. You
were fantastic! Tell me what got into you? How did you do it?"
He looked at the coach, with tears in his eyes, and said. "Well,
you knew my dad died, but did you know that my dad was blind?'
The young man swallowed hard and forced a smile, "Dad came
to all my games, but today was the first time he could see me
play, and I wanted to show him I could do it!"
SO REMEMBER RIGHT NOW:
Somebody is very proud of you.
Somebody is thinking of you.
Somebody is caring about you.
Somebody misses you.
Somebody wants to talk to you.
Somebody wants to be with you.
Somebody hopes you are not in trouble.
Somebody is thankful for the support you have provided.
Somebody wants to hold your hand.
Somebody hopes everything turns out all right.
Somebody wants you to be happy.
Somebody wants you to find him/her.
Somebody wants to give you a gift.
Somebody wants to hug you.
Somebody thinks you ARE a gift.
Somebody admires your strength.
Somebody wants to protect you.
Somebody can't wait to see you.
Somebody loves you for who you are.
Somebody treasures your spirit.
Somebody is glad that you are their friend.
Somebody wants to get to know you better.
Somebody wants to be near you.
Somebody wants you to know they are there for you.
Somebody would do anything for you.
Somebody wants to share their dreams with you.
Somebody is alive because of you.
Somebody needs your support.
Somebody will cry when they read this.
Somebody needs you to have faith in them.
Somebody trusts you.
Somebody hears a song that reminds them of you.
*"A mirror reflects a man's face, but what he is really
like is shown by the kind of friends he chooses" - Proverbs
"Measure not men by Sundays, without regarding what they
do all the week after." - Thomas Fulle
"Love starts with a SMILE, Grows with a KISS, and ends
with a TEAR."
"I still say a church steeple with a lightening rod on
top shows a lack of confidence." - Doug McLeod