“Things which eye has not seen and ear has not heard, and which have not entered the heart of man, all that God has prepared for those who love him” (1 Corinthians 2:9).
The possibilities of what might be reach far beyond our circumstances. Mark Speckman, in his 13th year as the head football coach of Williamette University, was born without hands. As a player he started 40 games at Azusa Pacific University as a linebacker. Even though he needed help from teammates to put on his shoulder pads and tie his pants, Speckman intercepted several passes, recovered fumbles, and was once called for illegal use of the hands. He even earned NAIA Honorable Mention All-American honors.
Speckman says of his “handicap”, “I have embraced it: It’s part of who I am, it’s a good story, and people get a lot out of it.” His “can do” spirit has given him a full docket of speaking engagements, from junior highs to Fortune 500 companies. The message is always the same: “We all have self-doubts, trouble getting over problems, figuring out different ways of doing things; but we can all do more than we think we can. We all have gifts.”
As you face not just a new year, but even the day before us, both scripture and the testimony of the lives around us challenge us to greater heights than we ever imagined.