Be an Inspiration

Posted: July 30, 2011 by John D. Hayden in MLB

I have always been a big Atlanta Braves fan and grew up watching them play. My dream was to one day go to watch them play in Atlanta and a few years ago that dream came true. My wife bought me tickets for Father’s day one year and I was three rows from the dugout. The stadium, the game, and the Braves was everything I dreamed about. Could you imagine having the opportunity to sing the National Anthem at Turner Field?

Tonight, Lily Anderson got that opportunity and inspired those in the stands, the Braves and the world. After singing the National Anthem, according to Braves reliever Peter Moylan describes “was the longest standing ovation he has witnessed”. Now Lily isn’t a famous singer but is a 10 year old girl who was diagnosed with stage 4 neuroblastoma in 2009 and has gone through difficult rounds of chemotherapy and surgery. She was singing the anthem as part of “Rally Night, an evening of fundraising and awareness to benefit Rally Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research which Brian McCann hosted. After watching the video of her singing, I notice two things about her: her smile and the gleam in her eyes. Lily has inspired a lot of people, just check out her Facebook page, not only with her song Thursday night, but with her entire fight with cancer.

If Lily can inspire so many people, look at what you can do. Be an inspiration to someone and make a difference in someone’s life. The word inspire is derived from Latin words meaning “to breathe into.” To inspire means to affect, to stimulate to action, to motivate, to touch and give hope to. Lily did all of these on one night standing on Turner Field singing with her heart our National Anthem. Jesus calls us to do the same. In Matthew 5:13-15 we are called to be the “Light of the word and the Salt of the earth.” To Shine our lights and Flavor the world is what this life is really all about. Paul wrote to the Thessalonian Church in 1 Thess. 5:11, “Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.” Are we encouraging and building one another up? Are we making a difference in people’s lives by giving them hope and inspiring them to live for Jesus?

You can learn more about Lily and her fight against cancer at and on her Facebook page. She will inspire you like she has inspired me to write this article. Lily made a difference in my life by showing me that no matter what you are going through, keep smiling.

Be a world changer, make a difference, and inspire the world to be more like Jesus. Thanks Lily for inspiring me to be a better person and to keep smiling. Please take some time to pray for Lily and other children and their fight against cancer. Donate some money if you can to this great cause. Share Lily’s story with others in your life. These are just some ways you can Be an Inspiration.


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