This is in response to Richard Justice's excellent column, dated 5/14/08, in the Houston Chronicle. Read it here:
He may still be the same good ol', down to Earth guy that in many ways defies what normally comes to mind when we think of professional athletes, but Lance Berkman is changing.
He may still wear boots, and not cuss or drink, and he may still have his problems with them "dad-gum liberals."
He may even say he's not changing, but press him a little harder, Richard. Ask him if he's truly the same man he was five or ten years ago.
Lance Berkman is changing, and I am one fan (and there are many others) that is excited to see it happening.
"And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord's glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit" (2 Corinthians 3:18).
From glory to glory, year after year, this man is changing. That's one of the reasons I like him so much.
He's becoming more and more like his Lord. Being transformed, as the Bible says, into the image of the man who 2000 years ago gave his life for Lance (and Richard and John).
Lance is one of the King's kids.
Lance, why you ate those Twinkies at Wrigley Field I'll never know. Would you eat a hot dog at Minute Maid Park if a fan threw one on the field? I'd like to think you'd do the same in Houston, but who knows.
He's changing, and that's why he's the powerful role model he is. In my opinion, that's one of the reasons he's such a fantastic baseball player. Everything he puts his hands to, ultimately, is going to succeed and prosper.
That's why he's made it a point in the past to meet with local young men in the organization he heads, that I've seen featured in the Houston Chronicle.
He's changing, and he wants youngsters that look up to him to know that through God's power they can change to.
Thank you, Lance. Thank you for changing, and being committed to that process. Thank you for being an example not only for people in this town, but all over the league.
Keep changing, brother. We need more like you.
Bloggers note: If I was the editor of a faith-based publication or television program looking for great story ideas, I'd certainly look into doing one on the transformation of Lance Berkman, one of the best players in Major League Baseball today and a powerful testimony of God's changing power.