Roberto Clemente was one of the greatest baseball players in the history of our National Pastime. Clemente played 18 seasons for the Pittsburgh Pirates, leading the club to a pair of World Series championships in 1960 and 1971. Clemente won 12 Gold Gloves during his career and was a 15-time National League All-Star. He amassed 3,000 hits over the course of his brilliant career and is enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Roberto Clemente also was a man of great compassion. On December 31, 1972, Clemente boarded a plane bound for Nicaragua. He was travelling to Nicaragua to deliver aid to earthquake victims there. The plane carrying Clemente probably was overloaded with food and supplies for the Nicaraguan earthquake victims. The plane crashed shortly after it took off. Clemente was killed. He was just 38 years old.
Roberto Clemente was a Christian who showed his faith through his works. He was using his off-season time not just to rest or relax, but to help others in dire need of assistance in Nicaragua. Clemente is a great example of someone who obeyed James 2:17 and James 2:26 (NKJV), "(17) Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead ... (26) For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also."
Roberto Clemente once remarked, "Anytime you have an opportunity to make a difference in this world and you don't do it, you are wasting your time on this earth."
Roberto Clemente made a difference in this world because he showed his faith through his works.
Are you doing the same?