The Texas Rangers have announced that they will build a bronze statue at the stadium in honor of Shannon Stone. Last month Shannon died when he fell from the stands trying to catch a foul ball. The Texas Rangers will build a statue that will depict the Brownwood firefighter Shannon and his son Cooper at a game. The statue will likely be up next season outside the park’s home plate. The statue will be called “Ranger Fan”, to show a father and a son together at a ball game. The family is very touched by the Rangers wanting to do this in memory of Shannon. Shannon’s wife, Julie said, “was touched and grateful” and hoped the sculpture would be a reminder of a family’s love- love of each other, love of spending time together, and the love of the game.”
It’s is always interesting when you try to do the right thing, people criticize for doing it and accuse you of doing the wrong thing. When I was reading this story on Yahoo Sports, I looked at the comments placed by those type of people. There were great comments that were applauding the Texas Rangers and giving them praise. Than there seemed to be more negative comments, saying the Rangers were only doing this so they wouldn’t get sued, and why do it for a guy who shouldn’t even gone after the ball, why do it for Shannon when there are those who fall and die for this country and so many other negative comments. This morning I even read more comment about how this man was no hero, he was just a clumsy dad who should have thought about his son before ever trying to leap for a foul ball. Maybe they are right about this man, but we weren’t there and we don’t know what he was thinking. He should of made a better decision but he did it for his son.
In our walk as Christians, we are trying to do what is right but for some reason people still accuse us of doing wrong. Peter writes in 1 Peter 2:11-12; “Dear friends, I urge you, as foreigners and exiles, to abstain from sinful desires, which wage war against your soul. Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.”(NIV) We need to still live good lives in this world and do the right thing even if we get accused of doing wrong. We do the right thing and live the right life so that others may see our good deeds and glorify God. We live to please God not man. Paul wrote to the Thessalonica Church in 1 Thessalonians 4:1, “Finally, then, brothers, we ask and urge you in the Lord Jesus, that as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God, just as you are doing, that you do so more and more.” As Christ followers we know how we ought to walk and how we need to please God and we need do this more and more every day of our life.
We need to serve God, live the life God has called us to live, be examples, continue doing the right thing, and walk as Jesus walked no matter if others accuse us of doing something wrong. So continue walking the walk and talking the talk and live a life that will bring honor to God.