The Men of Iron Minute
by Chad Zueck | Director of Content Creation
Hall of Fame
The confetti has fallen over the Atlanta Braves. They have been crowned 2021 World Series Champions for the first time since 1995. The Braves shocked the baseball world by being victorious over the commonly despised Houston Astros. Like many others, our family watched with bated breath as pitch by pitch the pitching staff put on a clinic in game 6. The Braves hitters pounded the ball as if they were making their triumphant statement into the history books. My daughter and I often talk about sports. She’s amazing like that. Out of the blue, she asked, “Do you think any of the Braves’ players from this year will be in the Baseball Hall of Fame?” I gave my grim opinion, and we bantered back and forth as seasoned sports analysts. Being considered for the Hall of Fame is an honor and not the entitlement of a long career. Induction into Cooperstown means you earned it the right way. Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire, and Pete Rose can confirm.
My daughter and I talked baseball for a while longer, and it led me to ask this question,
“Who is in your personal Hall of Fame?”
Meet Terry “Fuzz” Johnson. He is in my hall of fame. He is an unassuming, middle-class working man who invested in young men like myself. He was one of the local Boy Scout Troop 68 volunteers. His epic beard earned him the nickname “Fuzz.” Terry was a patient man who saw something in each of us, and he committed to depositing masculine virtues into our lives. This bearded, lumberjack of a man invested in people. On one occasion, he took a group of us boys into his sanctuary, also known as his woodshop. The smell of fresh-cut pine hovered around the shop to craft a woodcrafter’s delight. We were a splinter away from cutting our fingers off, and we loved it! He and men like him play a significant role in their community because they aren’t chasing accolades. They have found the joy of service. Men are remembered for their words and deeds, but mainly just deeds.
People are watching.
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. 2 Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” Hebrews 12:1-3, NIV84
Who is this great cloud of witnesses? The people are listed in Hebrews 11. These men and women are unofficially referred to as the “Bible Hall of Faith.” As Hebrews 12 begins, the author details how these heroes impact our lives. Slowly read Hebrews 12:1-3 to see what I mean. Our lives are connected to their lives. Their faithfulness is to be admired and modeled.
To be remembered often do things that are not easily forgotten. What you do today writes your epitaph for tomorrow. “History, like God, is watching what we do.” Bono
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