Thursday, March 09, 2006

J Mac

I'm sure everyone has seen this story by now, but in case you haven't here's a link with a cool video narration of Jason McElwain's story. Autistic Hoop Dreams

Even if you have seen it check it out again. After watching like 100 times I still get chills.

There is a lot I could say about Jason's story. But really it speaks for itself.

It did remind me of something I read recently. That last picture of Jason with the crowd storming the court, lifting him onto their shoulders was very touching. I mean an entire school (and now a country) celebrating the story of an autistic kid siezing the moment, making the most of his shot. Can you imagine how cool it would have been to be in that gym that night??

In Nehemiah 8 we read the story of God's people "celebrating with great joy, because they now understood the words that had been made known to them." Here are God's people, foolish and stubborn for numerous generations, and they finally "get it." So what do they do--they celebrate for 7 straight days. I'm not talking birthday party here--they truly celebrated, in a way that had never been seen before the word says, and their "joy was very great." Pretty stinkin cool huh? Seeing Jason's magical night and reading this story makes me want to be a part of a celebration like that. And I feel if I would just look around me and open my eyes to all the icredible things God is doing for his kingdom, then I can't help but join in his celebration.

Father give us your great joy as we celebrate your constant faithfulness in our lives.
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pic of the day, family (minus Kyle...sorry):


Jen Perkins said...

cody i just watched that video and i still have goose bumps. what a fantastic story!-jen

Melanie M said...

oh man...that will go down in history as one of the best sports moments. period. nothing better than seeing someone fulfill a dream. or seeing a kid who must feel like a "loser" by the world's standards get to feel like the "winner" that he truly is in the eyes of His creator. it is just awesome!

James Lee Younger III said...

dang cody... thanks for those words. when i think about this week, it is really easy to be discouraged, but thanks to you i'm on the lookout for where God is in all of it, and He's everywhere! now i'm all celebrating and junk. thanks dude.

Chris Brewer said...

I am trying to remember the last time I went 6 of 7 from three point land........ Oh wait I have never done that. How many high school basketball players have ever done that in their first game, let alone their entire season?

Melanie M said...

Did you see JMac with GW on the news this morning?? The President said (and i quote) "J Mac got the touch with the basketball, and touched the hearts of all americans at the same time." Oh man... so cheesy George... so cheesy... :) :)