A Fan Who Did The Right Thing

Posted: July 14, 2011 by Ricky Keeler in Baseball

Christian Lopez did not seek the ultimate dollar from Derek Jeter and we should not do the same (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

On Saturday, Yankees’ shortstop Derek Jeter became the first Bronx Bomber to reach the legendary 3,000 hit mark in Major League Baseball. In the 3rd inning of a 5-4 win over the Tampa Bay Rays, Jeter deposited a solo home run off of David Price deep to left field. In this article, we will not focus on the Jeter milestone, but instead put some of the light on the fan who caught the baseball.

We all know by now that 23-year-old Christian Lopez was the providential recipient of the Jeter home run. When he was approached by the Yankees, Lopez told the team to give the ball to the Captain because he deserved it. Due to his selfless act, the Yankees rewarded him with Champions’ suite tickets for the rest of the year, Legends’ seats for the next game, as well as numerous autographed balls and bats from Jeter. Even though the IRS is going to tax him for his gifts, Lopez did the right thing by giving the ball back rather than keep it for the sheer possibility of gaining up to $500,000.

Being called a child of God requires us not to think about storing up treasures for ourselves on this Earth, but waiting for the ultimate treasure which is to see our Heavenly Father in His Kingdom. When Paul wrote his first epistle to Timothy, he told him about the dangers that greed could have on an individual’s life. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.” (1 Timothy 6:10, ESV)

Today, I exhort you to keep focusing on building up your treasures in heaven and not focus on what you have on this Earth. It is good to have money, don’t get me wrong, but it is not something that you should  base your life on. Jesus told his disciples that “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money”. (Matthew 6:24, ESV)

I hope you take a look and seek God rather than seeking huge amounts of wealth on this Earth. Once again, it is not bad to have money, but just know that to seek our Master in Heaven rather than a dollar bill. Even in deep financial problems, just seek God and you will find your answer!

May God be the treasure you earnestly seek, and not huge amounts of wealth on this Earth.

  1. Chris Ross says:

    I can’t believe they tax for gifts like that. My brother was just telling me yesterday how the people who got cars from Oprah were charged like $7000 in income tax. Seriously??? That’s ridiculous.

    Sorry to take away from the article, which is very good btw.

  2. Ricky Keeler says:

    Its okay man, any comment is a good comment! I can’t believe it myself. I think that’s one of the small factors that has hurt the American mindset of charity and not having so much wealth.

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