Da Rashid is sharing with us a touching story.
 about a skinny young boy who loved football with all his heart.

 Practice after practice, he eagerly gave everything he had. But being
 half the size of the other boys, he got absolutely nowhere. At all the
 games, this hopeful athlete sat on the bench and hardly ever played.
 This teenager lived alone with his father, and the two of them had a
 very special relationship. Even though the son was always on the bench,
 his father was always in the stands cheering. He never missed a game.

 This young man was still the smallest of the class when he entered high
 school. But his father continued to encourage him but also made it very
 clear that he did not have to play football if he didn't want to. But
 the young man loved football and decided to hang in there. He was
 determined to try his best at every practice, and perhaps he'd get to
 play when he became a senior. All through high school he never missed a
 practice nor a game.
His faithful father was always in the stands, with words of encouragement
 for him.

 When the young man went to college, he decided to try out for the
 football team as a "walk-on." Everyone was sure he could never make the
 cut, but he did. The coach admitted that he kept him on the roster
 because he always puts his heart and soul into every practice, and at
 the same time, provided the other members with the spirit and hustle
 they badly needed. The news that he had survived the cut thrilled him
 so much that he rushed to the nearest phone and called his father. His
 father shared his excitement and was sent season tickets for all the
 college games.

 This persistent young athlete never missed practice during his four
 years at college, but he never got to play in the game. It was the end
 of his senior football season, and as he trotted onto the practice field
 shortly before the big play off game, the coach met him with a telegram.
 The young man read the telegram and he became deathly silent.
 Swallowing hard, he mumbled to the coach, "My father died this morning.
 Is it all right if I miss practice today?" The coach put his arm gently
 around his shoulder and said, "Take the rest of the week off, son. And
 don't even plan to come back to the game on Saturday."

 Saturday arrived, and the game was not going well. In the third
 quarter, when the team was ten points behind, a silent young man
 quietly slipped into the empty locker room and put on his football gear.
 As he ran onto the sidelines, the coach and his players were astounded
 to see their faithful teammate back so soon.

 "Coach, please let me play. I've just got to play today." said the
 young man. The coach pretended not to hear him. There was no way he
 wanted his worst player in this close playoff game.

 But the young man persisted, and finally feeling sorry for the kid, the
 coach gave in. "All right," he said. "You can go in."

 Before long, the coach, the players and everyone in the stands could not
 believe their eyes. This little unknown, who had never played before
 was doing everything right. The opposing team could not stop him. He
 ran, he passed, blocked and tackled like a star. His team began to

 The score was soon tied. In the closing seconds of the game, this kid
 intercepted a pass and ran all the way for the winning touchdown. The
 fans broke loose. His teammates hoisted him onto their shoulders. Such
 cheering you never heard!

 Finally, after the stands had emptied and the team had showered and left
 the locker room, the coach noticed that the young man was sitting
 quietly in the corner all alone. The coach came to him and said, "Kid,
 I can't believe it. You were fantastic! Tell me what got into you? How
 did you do it?"

 He looked at the coach, with tears in his eyes, and said, "Well, you
 knew my dad died, but did you know that my dad was blind?' The young
 man swallowed hard and forced a smile, "Dad came to all my games, but
 today was the first time he could see me play, and I wanted to show him
 I could do it!"

 Like the athlete's father, God is always there cheering for us. He's
 always reminding us to go on. He's even offering us His hand for He
 knows what is best and is willing to give us what we need and not simply
 what we want. God has never missed a single game. What a joy to know
 that life is meaningful if lived for the Highest. Live for HIM for He's
 watching us in the game of life.

 somebody is very proud of you.
 somebody is thinking of you.
 somebody is caring about you.
 somebody misses you.
 somebody wants to talk to you.
 somebody wants to be with you.
 somebody hopes you are not in trouble.
 somebody is thankful for the support you have provided.
 somebody wants to hold your hand.
 somebody hopes everything turns out all right.
 somebody wants you to be happy.
 somebody wants you to find him/her.
 somebody wants to give you a gift.
 somebody wants to hug you.
somebody thinks you ARE a gift.
 somebody admires your strength.
 somebody is thinking of you and smiling.
 somebody wants to protect you.
 somebody can't wait to see you.
 somebody loves you for who you are.
 somebody treasures your spirit.
 somebody is glad that you are their friend.
 somebody want to get to know you better.
 somebody wants to be near you.
 somebody wants you to know they are there for you.
 somebody would do anything for you.
 somebody want to share their dreams with you.
 somebody is alive because of you.
 somebody needs your support.
 somebody will cry when they read this.
 somebody needs you to have faith in them.
 somebody trusts you.
 somebody hears a song that reminds them of you.
somebody needs you to send this to them
                                                                                                                  Rashid T