#ElevatedFriday, November 10th, 2017
Happy #ElevatedFriday! Today we highlight the efforts by a now World Series MVP to show children who struggle with the same common childhood issue as he did that it is not something to be ashamed of. George Springer, the MVP of the World Series Champion Houston Astros, grew up embarrassed by his stuttering. He purposefully did not speak very much and even through college, avoided classes that required oral presentations. He spent the majority of his childhood ashamed of his stuttering and scared of what people would think of him if they knew. However a few years ago, George decided to leave those childhood fears behind and begin speaking openly and often in an effort to show children who stutter that it is nothing to be embarrassed of. He routinely now does post-game interviews, has started working with the Stuttering Association for the Young, and even made an appearance on Saturday Night Live! As a famous MLB star, kids around the country look up to him and now see that even the greatest athletes in the world are not perfect -- they are unique people with God-given gifts and challenges that work in tandem to build the person they are.
As we all know from our childhoods, stigmas surrounding special abilities run rampant in adolescents. Left unchecked or swept under the rug, special needs children can struggle to make friends and fit in solely because they are unique from their other classmates. The Apostle John wrote, "We love because he first loved us. If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. And this commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother." We are fearfully and wonderfully made, but not perfectly made. Where another's limitations exist, so there should we reach. Thank God today for the gifts and the limitations He has given you and thank those loving brothers and sisters in your life for reaching to where your limitations lie.
"We love because he first loved us. If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. And this commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother." -- 1 John 4:19-21 ESV