As World War II ended in the summer of 1945, all the soldiers were coming back, including many professional athletes who had been drafted to serve. Joe DiMaggio was among the returning soldiers, and though he hadn’t been playing baseball, he took his four-year-old son, Joe, Jr., to a Yankees game, and slipped quietly into his seat.
Two or three fans soon recognized him, despite his ball cap that was intended to cover his identity. They called out, “Joe! Joe DiMaggio!”
Eventually, the whole stadium picked up on the chant and said as one, “Joe! Joe DiMaggio!”
Hearing the thunderous crowd, Joe, Jr. looked up at his dad and said, “See, Daddy, everyone here knows me!”
Of course, the adulation was intended for Joe, Sr., the father. But his little boy was like most of us. We are happy to enjoy the blessings of our Father, as Joe, Jr. enjoyed the opportunity to attend the game. But then we step out of his shadow and into his glory. And that is a dangerous place to stand. When the crowd throws praise in your direction, remember that all honor and adoration goes to your Father.
“So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31).