If you regularly read my blog you know I got on a roll last week about football. It’s that time of year and I’ll watch every minute of football I can including a rerun of Kentucky vs. Vandy on the SEC Network today while I was folding laundry. (Yep, I’m that southern, football-watching, pigskin lovin’ momma.)
I started scanning the internet for football stories to write about – I really wanted an uplifting football story because of all the bad press the game has received the last couple of weeks. In my search I came across the story of Liam Myrick and a coach who made a profound difference in a young man’s life, and the lives of his family as well. So this story has a little to do with football and a lot to do with Liam and Coach Elliot.
Liam is 6 years old.
Liam has terminal cancer.
Liam does not have much more time here on earth.
You can read Liam’s full story here courtesy of FoxNews: Liam Myrick’s Touchdown. Sadly we all know a Liam. We all know a young person who is full of life, who wants to live, who has a family praying for a miracle.
We all know a Liam. He’s in our hometown, our neighborhood, our school. And for every Liam out there we can be a bystander, a person who hears the sad story but chooses to do nothing, or we can be the Mountain Grove Mighty Mite head coach, Jerry Elliot who chose to do something. Coach Elliot took time out of his busy life, his hectic schedule, his personal family time to reach out to a family who has already been through so much and has yet more to face.
Coach Elliot asked Liam to be the captain of the team and call the coin toss. And during the game with the help of his honorary teammates Liam scored a touchdown from the 15 yard line – his first and most likely his last.
How much time and effort did it take Coach Elliot to reach out to that hurting family? Probably not a lot of either one. But what it did take was a man to stop his life for a few minutes, recognize he could make a difference in the lives of the Myrick family and then do something about it.
“This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.” (1 John 3:16-18)
Do you know a Liam? Can you be his Coach Elliot?
Don’t be so busy you miss an opportunity to be a blessing to someone else.
Happy Hump Day!
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