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Making The Most Of Your Opportunities

By Don Loftis | 01.20.16

Hank Bauer will never have a plaque in the NFL hall of fame in Canton, but his football story is quite captivating.  He graduated from tiny California Lutheran College, and at 5’10” and 200 pounds went undrafted.  The Dallas Cowboys signed him and cut him three weeks later.  The San Diego Chargers took a chance on him, and Hank stuck around for seven years during the late 70’s and early 80’s.

While on the team, he excelled in special teams, and he ran the ball 123 times for 377 total yards.  Those career totals are insignificant, except that he had 18 touchdowns.  In 1978 he had eight touchdowns on 22 carries that totaled only 28 yards.  Hank Bauer’s ability to make the most of every opportunity made him a crowd favorite, earned the nickname of “Hank the Howitzer”, and warranted his inclusion in the 2009 list of the 50 greatest Chargers of all time.

God has never called us to be something that we were not created to be.  Some are leaders; others are followers.  Some are builders; others are funders.  Some are teachers; others are inviters.

When Jesus shared His parable about the “talents,” He was not interested in the numbers but in faithfulness.  It is not the number of opportunities that we receive that matters; it is what we do with each one.  Making the most of every open door and sharing Jesus with every willing recipient is all we are asked to do.  It will grant us the nickname “good and faithful servant.”

(Special thanks to Neal Pollard who introduced me to Hank Bauer in Calvert City, KY bulletin.)




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