Downey-Florence Seventh-day Adventist Church
Seeing is Believing!
There was a teenager who lived alone with his father, and the two of them had a very special relationship. The son has always enjoyed playing football, but since he was a bit small for his age, he always ended up on the school team's bench. Yet, his father was always in the stands cheering for him. He never missed a game.
This young man was still the smallest of the class when he entered high school. But his father continued to encourage him while also making it very clear that he did not have to play football if he didn't want to. But the young man loved football and decided to hang in there. He was determined to try his best at every practice, feeling that, even though he wasn't very good, perhaps he'd get to play when he became a senior. All through high school he never missed a practice nor a game, but remained a bench-warmer all four years. His faithful father was always in the stands, always with words of encouragement for him.
When the young man went to college, he lived on the campus and decided to try out for the football team as a "walk-on." Everyone was sure he could never make the cut, but he did. The coach even admitted that he kept him on the roster because he always puts his heart and soul to every practice and at the same time, provided the other team members with the spirit and hustle they badly needed. The news that he had survived the cut thrilled him so much that he rushed to the nearest phone and called his father. His father shared his excitement and was sent season tickets for all the college games.
This persistent young athlete still had a hard time perfecting the game. Although he never missed practice during his four years at college, he never got to play in the game. It finally came down to the end of his senior football season, with just a few days left to practice. He trotted onto the practice field, just like he did for every practice game, but this time the coach met him with a telegram. The coach remained nearby as the young man read the telegram and afterward, he became deathly silent. Although the big play-off game was just a few days away, after swallowing hard, he mumbled to the coach, "My father died this morning. Is it all right if I miss practice today?"
The coach put his arm gently around his shoulder and said, "Take the rest of the week off, son. And don't even plan to come back to the game on Saturday." Without even realizing what the coach said, the young man silently walked out.
Saturday arrived, and the game was not going well for the visiting team. Both teams were playing hard and the home team maintained the advantage. As they started the third quarter, when the visiting team was only 10 points behind, a silent young man quietly slipped into the empty locker room and put on his football gear. As he ran onto the sidelines, the coach and his players were astounded to see their faithful teammate back so soon. He ran right up to the coach saying, "Coach, please let me play. I've just got to play today."
The coach pretended not to hear him. There was no way he wanted his worst player in this close playoff game. But the young man persisted, and finally feeling sorry for the kid, the coach gave in. "All right," he said finally, "...you can go in for a play."
During that play, the home team didn't feel he was a threat to them, but were surprized to see him sack their quarterback. The coach kept him in and before long, the coach, the players, and everyone in the stands could not believe their eyes. This little unknown, who had never played in an actual game before was doing everything right. The opposing team laughed at him initially, when he returned to the offensive line-up, but found that they could not stop him. He ran, he passed, blocked and tackled like a star -- and his team began to triumph. By the 2- minute warning, the score was tied and the home team had the ball and were charging unstopped to the 10-yard line. Then, in the closing seconds of the game, this young man intercepted a pass in the end-zone and ran all the way back, 100 yards, for the winning touchdown. The fans broke loose. His teammates hoisted him onto their shoulders -- such cheering you've never heard!
Finally, after the stands had emptied and the team had showered and left the locker room, the coach noticed that the young man had remained behind, sitting quietly in the corner all alone.
The coach came up to him and said, "Kid, I can't believe it, and I'm sorry that I held you back. You were fantastic! Tell me what got into you? How did you do it?"
He looked at the coach, with tears in his eyes, and said, "Well coach, you knew my dad died a few days ago, but did you know that my dad was blind?" The coach's mouth dropped open.
The young man swallowed hard and forced a smile. "Dad came to all my games," he said, "but today was the first time he could see me play, and I wanted to show him that I could do it!"
Touching story isn't it. Whether what this young man concluded was true or not is not the issue here. This young man BELIEVED it, which helped him to perform in a way he never had before.
SEEING is BELIEVING!
Realize that you have the power to improve your lot in life, if that is your belief. You, and everyone around you, can enjoy life to the fullest.
Somebody is very proud of you.
Somebody is thinking of you.
Somebody is caring about you.
Somebody misses you.
Somebody wants to talk to you.
Somebody wants to be with you.
Somebody is thankful for the support you have provided.
Somebody wants to hold your hand.
Somebody hopes everything turns out all right.
Somebody wants you to be happy.
Somebody wants you to find him/her.
Somebody wants to hug you.
Somebody can't wait to see you.
Somebody loves you for who you are.
Somebody is glad that you are their friend.
Somebody wants to get to know you better.
Somebody wants you to know they are there for you.
Somebody would do anything for you.
Somebody is alive because of you.
Somebody needs your support.
Somebody will cry when they read this.
SOMEBODY NEEDS YOU TO SEND THIS TO THEM
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