The Difference One Can Make – Urban Field of Dreams
Key Bible Verse: “The King will tell them, ‘I assure you, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!'” – Matthew 25:40
Bonus Reading: 2 Corinthians 4:5-7
On his way to work one day, Chicago insurance broker Bob Muzikowski saw a derelict ball field full of trash in a gang-infested neighborhood.
The kids there could use a real Little League to play in, he thought. He teamed up with a friend to create the Near North Little League. In “pretty wild” early practice sessions, coaches dealt with 250 boys long on enthusiasm but short on fundamentals.
Each game began with a prayer. Cursing was strictly forbidden.
“While I had no illusions that I’d change the world, I had no doubt that God wanted me to play baseball with these kids,” said Muzikowski , converted not long before. “My faith had taught me that being a Christian means truly believing what Jesus said about loving my neighbor.”
The next year, 400 kids joined the league.
Today 900 fatherless kids in 100 Little League teams are learning self-respect and community values. Reporters wonder why a wealthy white businessman lives among the poor, coaching other people’s kids.
Muzikowski answers, “Jesus didn’t say, ‘When you’ve paid someone to do it unto the least of these. … ‘ What He said was, ‘when you have done it. … ‘”
—Charles Colson in How Now Shall We Live?
My Response: One way I could directly serve a marginalized person in my community is …
Thought to Apply: Christianity demands a level of caring that transcends human inclinations.—Erwin Lutzer
Adapted from How Now Shall We Live? (Tyndale, 2004)