Monday, August 17, 2015

Hey Sandlotters ,

One of the most awesome things is to give . We all know how many different ways to give there are and any can be just as rewarding . This past weekend we had another chance to give and it always turns out as more of a blessing to us than to those who receive.

Got a message Friday from a sandlotter asking if I knew anything about building a handicap ramp and I happen to have just enough knowledge to be dangerous - haha . About a year ago the Main family had a wonderful family friend who has cancer and needed a ramp to get in and out of her house . They were in  the process of starting the ramp while the family was at the beach and it was going to be a surprise when she got home . I got a phone call asking if I would help and went right over there to get this thing built . Once built the Main's painted it a light blue and their son painted clouds in white with words like Faith, Hope, Love all the way to the top .

The family returned from their trip to see this gift and the young lady liked it so much she wouldnt walk on the clouds with words cause she didnt want to mess it up.

I called the Main family Friday to see if they wanted to build another one and due to an injury ( prayer request :) ) they were unable to but knew that the young lady has done so well that she told her mother to take it down . It was placed on the side of the house and they were more than willing to let us reuse it . So we did .

Yesterday I along with another sandlotter , Drew and the Booher family went over to meet another wonderful family with lil Noah , a young guy with cerebral palsy and after about two hours we had his ramp built and the smile on this guys face was priceless. We even have him and his 11 year old sister going to play at the Sandlot with us this season .

God works in amazing ways every single day and by listening and being more aware he shows us those needs . WE have to be more active in our giving . Over the last five years of this wonderful mission of The One Project and Sandlot Baseball I am finding out that the hardest part of a Non Profit is the money . Having the funds to reach out and make an impact on a greater scale is what we are striving for most of the time . I have to say most of the time because there are honestly days where we are weak and tired and FAIL . My close friends and advisors says its not a Fail but a rest and I try to see it that way but most of the time do not . But back to the hardest part - money . Its amazing that thats the hardest part . The easiest is just walking the path, seeing , hearing and finding the needs of families in our community and going and DOING . How cool is that , The EASIEST and most AWESOME is GOING AND DOING !!!!!

Yesterday, I was tired, sore and it was hot . But we got up and WENT and it was amazing . To see a family smile was heartwarming and to get to meet them was even better . A huge gift to them but a simple task for us was priceless .What can u hear, see, or feel that God is asking you and your family to do everyday to GO and DO ?

The One Project and Sandlot Baseball needs to grow and God is telling us to GO and DO . We need so many things and have a plan to meet those ultimate goals but while we are striving for that goal we are still GOING and DOING the smaller things that can lift someone up and show them that others care and love them .

If you hear of any families that can benefit from Sandlot , have them sign up . If they can benefit from The One Project then get in touch with us . If you feel you want to join us in our path COME ON . There is no membership fee for helping just your time and love .

I see so many people out at the Sandlot who give their god given talents and then wind up getting so much more back . WE have to grow, WE have to be more involved, We have to give back more.

Huge love to you all and Lets Play Ball,

Coach Mike