What’s Yours…?

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What do you see when you look at this picture? Just a pitcher doing his job? Does your mind entertain itself for even a moment with the wondering of what can’t be seen in this photograph, or do you just trust your eyes completely?

We’re all guilty of it… of looking at someone, looking at their label, and applying words to their person…

But wait. If you look at this picture, and think up some words to describe it, you’ll come out with some flattering ones…

Athletic…

                  Talented…

                                     Determined…

                                                               Inspiring…

                                                                                    Success story…

                                                                                                                 Hardworking…

and you’d be right about all of that. You don’t get to play any sport at the college level without putting in an admirable, and incredible, amount of work.  Left Handed Pitcher Nick Kennedy, number 32 of the Texas Baseball team, started playing at preschool age like his teammates, and it led him to the mound at his dream school.

He stayed the course throughout his childhood, even overcoming a time when he felt like quitting.

 You’ll be playing for so long. Try not to make your highs too high and your lows too low.” – Nick Kennedy

His baseball story is wonderful, engaging to listen to, and almost impossible to give justice to in a few words.

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But is that all? Is all we see when we look at an athlete, or sit in the stands at a game, is their sport? Their stats? I get it. I felt the rush when UT played OU in the Red River Showdown of baseball, and the rejoice when we beat them in the first two games. And I feel the defeat walking away from the stadium after a hard-played game didn’t come out in our favor.

But you know what? The time that we, fans and players alike, spend in that stadium, holding our breaths and waiting for the outcome, is only a few hours, and when we leave, life still continues.

“When you’re done with a day of baseball, and you go home, leave the baseball at the field.” – Nick Kennedy

You’d in no way be wrong to look at a picture of Nick Kennedy, throwing a pitch, and think of a whole list of flattering words to describe him, but you would be wrong to think that his identity lies on the mound.

“Faith and Religion is the real foundation.” – Nick Kennedy

When we hit a wall in our lives, a time when we realize we need something that nothing in our world is offering us, we all need a firm foundation in something that will show us meaning in what might seem like meaninglessness.

Nick Kennedy loves the sport he plays, but it doesn’t define him as a person. The essence of who he is isn’t contained within his label, just as all of us are more than the activities we choose to participate in.

Faith is the foundation of Nick Kennedy’s life, the light in a dark search, the anchor, and the thing that nothing else takes place in front of. It’s the thing that stays with him after the gates of Disch-Falk field are locked up for the night, and it’ll be centerfold in his life when baseball is no longer in the immediate image.

Faith decides his perspective, and adds words like

Caring…

Passionate…

Thoughtful…

and

Human…

to the list.

So, scratch off your labels and the stereotypes that define them. You know about Nick’s foundation… What’s yours?

 

 

 

 

 

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