Sep. 30: An Unforgettable First Date

Most girls recall their first date, but 10-year-old Presli Collins had one that was particularly memorable.  That’s because the youngster (and her dad) enjoyed a special night out with NFL quarterback Tim Tebow.

Collins has already undergone several painful surgeries for a condition called neurofibromatosis, which causes tumors in the brain, spinal cord and under the skin.  As a resident of Parker, Colorado, one of her greatest joys was watching Tim Tebow when he played with the Denver Broncos.  After the football star learned about her condition and how big a fan she was, he arranged to take her to the Cartoon Network’s “Hall of Game” awards in Los Angeles.

Collins’ mother, Lisa, told KDVR-TV that Tebow “made [Presli] feel like she was the star…My husband said he’s never seen her smile and be as happy as she was…I can’t even express how grateful we are for the opportunity and the joy she’s had.”

Whenever we reach out in love to someone who is suffering, we take advantage of an opportunity to bring joy into their lives—and our own lives as well.

Be doers of the word.  (James 1:22)

Lord, help me bring joy to others.

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