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What Famous Baseball Player Said This ? (Mickey Mantle)
"God Gave Me Everything, And I Blew It. For the kids out there, don't be like me.I'm No Role Model"- said by Mickey Mantle, Baseball Hall Of Fame, NY Yankees from 1951 to 1968 Could there be more to life than being on top of the sports world. Mickey Mantle thought so. Speaking to a large crowd in the summer of 1995, the year of his death, he said, "Don't Be Like Me, I'm No Role Model!" Mickey Mantle's Stunning Baseball Career Seldom in history do you find a baseball player like Mickey Mantle. * Played for the NY Yankees from 1951 - 1968 * 536 career home runs * 1,509 career RBI's * .298 Career batting average * Played in 7 World Series * Most Valuable Player 3 times * In 1956 Won The Coveted Triple Crown (.353 Batting Average, 52 Home Runs and 130 RBI's) * In 1961 Mickey hit 54 home runs, just 6 home runs less than Babe Ruth's All Time Record (at that time) * In 1974 Mickey was elected to the Baseball Hall Of Fame Mickey Mantle's Reckless Lifestyle "Without God" Mickey was just 20 years old and in his first year with the New York Yankees when his father died of Hodgkin's disease at 40 years old. Mickey was then convinced that he would die young. In an effort to squeeze everything out of his life, he chose to play hard and party hard. But that did not satisfy Mickey. He sought to find fulfillment in a bottle and a party. This led to a 42 year bout with alcohol. Mickey came to realize that his drinking and reckless lifestyle hindered his abilities to be a much better better baseball player than he was. Sin Is A Destroyer God says, "The Way Of Transgressors Is Hard." (Proverbs 13:15) Though people try to run their own life they will eventually find out that "The Wages Of Sin Is Death." (Romans 3:23) Mickey's drinking and reckless lifestyle contributed to his cancer and eventual death in 1995.
Mickey Mantle's Very Sad Death In 1995 Mickey's liver had been destroyed by drinking alcohol and a transplant was found. Even though the transplant was successsful, the cancer still remained and he lost his last fight. A Faithful Messinger Is Near God always has a witness! The Bible says, "The Word Is Near You." (Romans 10:8 NIV). Bobby Richardson, who played 2nd base for the NY Yankees for part of the time of Mickey Mantle's career, had often attempted to tell him about Jesus, but seemingly to no avail. In 1986, Bobby spoke at the funeral of Roger Maris and Bobby spoke of the need of accepting Jesus Christ as your ONLY God and Savior. At that funeral service Mickey asked Bobby if he would also speak at his funeral. Now in 1995, a few weeks before his death, Mickey Mantle asked Bobby Richardson to pray for him. Though the message often spoken by Bobby about receiving Jesus had been ignored, it still struck a note of truth in Mickey's heart. You Are A Sinner! Mickey Mantle was well acquainted with the sinfulness of his own heart. You Need A Savior! Mickey had long tried to be his own Savior with new committments to control his life and live better, but to no avail. Jesus Is Your Only Hope!
The message of the coming of God in the person of Jesus Christ into this world spoke volumes of the love of God. That Jesus would die for Mickey, And For You, gave hope to Mickey in his last months of his life. His Only Hope! Jesus Christ dying for and paying for the sins of a man who had tried to live his life his own way. What a message!
A Needed Response Finally Mickey's family asked Bobby to come and visit hime before he passed away. Bobby walked into the hospital room and said, "Mickey, I love you, and I want you to spend Eternity In Heaven with me." Mickey Mantle then smiled and said, "Bobby, I have been wanting to tell you that i have trusted Jesus Christ as My Savior."
Mickey Mantle Accepts Jesus As His Savior Bobby asked Mickey how he could be sure that he accepted Jesus as his Savior. Mickey then quoted John 3:16, "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." (NIV) Mickey had a real peace and said he was ready to go to heaven, said Bobby Richardson. Mickey knew he was staring death in the face. All men and women will one day stare death in the face (Including You And Me).
At that time honesty forces us to examine our life and admit that even though we may have accomplished much, we are "Not Perfect" or ready to face a Perfect God. Our ONLY HOPE is to have Jesus Christ Pay Our Sin Debt For Us. That was done when Jesus Died For Our Sins On The Cross at Calvary.
However There Must Be A Response On Our Part. Repentence of our sins toward God and Faith In Jesus Christ, the Only One Capable of paying for our sins, IS A MUST.
Will YOU Accept Jesus !!
Accept Jesus Christ As Your God And Savior Now.
If You Haven't Accepted Jesus Christ As Your God And Savior,You ARE NOT A Christian. Please pray the following prayer NOW and accept Jesus' Free Gift Of Salvation That Jesus Died On The Cross To Save You.
"Lord Jesus, I repent of my sins. I ask you to come into my heart. I make you my Lord And Savior."
If you prayed that simple prayer we believe you are Born Again. Get into a good Bible Believing Church.Keep God In First Place, He's Gonna Take You Places You Never Dreamed Of - said by Pastor Joel Osteen of Houston, Texas.
If You Believe Jesus Died For Your Sins, You Are Already A Christian. Use the prayer above (or something similar) to help lead other people to accept Jesus Christ so they will NOT GO TO HELL when they die, and will know Jesus' Love And His Saving Grace. The Above Mickey Mantle Info Courtesy of: www.WhatStandard.com
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