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"The Balance of Faith"Stuart JonesBaseball legend Ernie Banks passed away last month at the age of 83. Banks was the first African American to play for the Chicago Cubs. He went on to play 18 seasons for the Cubs from 1953-1971. there is arguably no player who was more renowned and beloved in the city where he played than Ernie Banks. That love and admiration continued to the day he died. Banks was nicknamed "Mr. Cub." Some called him "Mr. Sunshine" for his optimistic and joyful outlook on the game he played and for life in general. he was recognized for his play on the field with induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1977. But the story of Ernie Banks didn't end when his playing days were through. Yes, Ernie aged to the point that he couldn't compete against younger and stronger players on the field. But Banks remained an icon, a leader and an inspiration to many through his work as an unofficial member of the Cubs organization throughout his lifetime. In 2013, Banks was awared the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Ernie Banks is a great example of someone who lived what he believed to the day he died. James 2:17 says, "Faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead." Ernie Banks took that verse to heart. He knew who and what he was. His actions showed his character. He had a great impact on many other players. The challenge to us is to make sure our actions match our beliefs. Show your faith by your deeds.