Former professional football player Tom Dempsey didn’t let the fact that he was born with no right hand and no toes on his right foot prevent him from becoming a standout on the gridiron. He even holds the world record for field goal kicking—63 yards.
It was 1970, when Dempsey, wearing a specially-designed shoe, was playing for the New Orleans Saints. In the final seconds of a game against the Detroit Lions—a game which the Saints were losing by two points—Dempsey kicked the longest field goal ever to win the game.
What enabled him to win a place in the record books? Dempsey credits his parents, saying, “I’ll always be grateful for my parents’ attitude toward me when I was a small boy. They simply refused to let me feel sorry for myself because I was different than other people. They taught me to get out and compete. My father, especially, made me try everything.”
Each child has a spark of potential which can remain largely buried without the right kind of support. You and I can play a key role in God’s design by encouraging children to go as far as they can in developing their talents.
Love builds up. (1 Corinthians 8:1)
Holy Spirit, help adults affirm and inspire young people.