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A True Fellow Warrior

I am very excited to tell you about a young man, named Dylan, that has been an inspiration to me. Dylan, I am so blessed to call you my Brother in Christ, a friend, and a true fellow Warrior. I love you man!

I had the pleasure to meet Dylan at one of the greatest places on earth…the baseball field. We had an immediate connection as I was, and he is, a pitcher. While Dylan throws from the left side, I was a dime-a-dozen right hander. We had the pleasure of working together on some things on the mound, both teaching each other a few things in the process. What stuck out to me was how Dylan took each and every observation that I made and implemented it with precision and an intentional nature. At 13, I wish I had possessed that type of focus.

What really stuck out to me was how Dylan never told me he couldn’t do what I was asking him to do. You see, Dylan was diagnosed with Becker’s Muscular Dystrophy in 2014. It blew me away, as we live in a culture now where we love to give ourselves an “out” when things get hard. What stuck out to me even more is that Dylan doesn’t focus on himself. He uses what God has blessed him with to show others God’s Love. Wow…13 years old…to say he is mature beyond his years is an understatement. He still doesn’t realize how much he has, and still does inspire me to continue the message of God’s perfect plan for our lives. God doesn’t make mistakes…God doesn’t give us a pass to carry out His message of love and salvation. Dylan is going to change many lives, and he has already changed mine. I had the pleasure to ask Dylan a few questions…and I am updating with some commentary on the answers (in parentheses…this is the first time he is seeing my commentary😉)

Jason: Tell me a little about yourself.
Dylan: I am 13 years old. I love God. I love to play baseball. My favorite MLB team is the Houston Astros.

Jason’s commentary: (Maturity is evident here, as baseball would have been the first thing I listed at 13. I am going to give him a pass on being a bandwagon fan with the Astros😉 as I love Jose Altuve)

Jason: How do you think God uses you for His Kingdom?
Dylan: God uses me for His Kingdom to tell the good news in telling others about God and showing God’s love by following the Ten Commandments.

Jason’s commentary (living out what you say!!!)

Jason: What does being a warrior mean to you?
Dylan: Being a warrior is standing strong in my faith and in reality.

Jason’s commentary (Wow, I need to change my tagline)

Jason: What is one thing that you wish people knew about you?
Dylan: How strong I am despite having muscular dystrophy.

Jason’s commentary (yes sir, you are definitely that…both physically, mentally, and spiritually)

Jason: What is your favorite activity?
Dylan: baseball, hunting and video games

Jason’s commentary (I have seen a trophy of Dylan’s from hunting, but I would dominate you in video games😉)

Too many people let themselves be defined by a diagnosis…Dylan, you sir, are not in that group. A courageous Warrior, you sir, are now one of my HEROES.

While not defined by a diagnosis, awareness by others is always important. I find myself having to teach people what Multiple Sclerosis is on a daily basis and explain why my case is not like their relatives case. Education is ok, ignorance is acceptable, but an unwillingness to learn is void of love. Here is a general explanation of Becker’s Muscular Dystrophy from the Muscular Dystrophy Association…

About Becker’s Muscular Dystrophy (From Muscular Dystrophy Association)

What is Becker muscular dystrophy?

Becker muscular dystrophy affects the muscles of the hips, pelvic area, thighs and shoulders, as well as the heart.
Becker muscular dystrophy (BMD) is one of nine types of muscular dystrophy, a group of genetic, degenerative diseases primarily affecting voluntary muscles. It is named after German doctor Peter Emil Becker, who first described this variant of Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) in the 1950s. BMD is similar to DMD but allows the voluntary muscles to function better than they do in DMD. The heart muscle, however, can be affected similarly to the way it is in DMD.

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I love you all!

-Jason

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