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Monday, August 11, 2014
Trey Turns 25
"But Jesus called them to him, saying, “Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God." (Luke 18:16, ESV)
Trey celebrated his 25th
birthday this past weekend.
The party was epic.
Even the mayor came by and
had his picture made with the guest of honor.
It was a surprise party even
though Trey had been helping his mom plan the party for a year now. Trey still
wanted all the lights down low and for us to yell “surprise!” when he walked in
When you are a local
celebrity you can make unusual demands like that.
Everyone in our town knows
Trey. He has been a friend, mentor, role model and inspiration to me for several years.
Trey has a gregarious
personality and never met a stranger in his life. His laugh is loud and infectious. When he
gets excited everyone in the room gets excited.
Trey is the oldest son in a
family with two brothers who are gifted baseball players.
Oh yea, Trey also has Down
When Trey was a young boy,
his mother found herself taking Trey with her every time she went to her other
son’s ballgame and the parks. He would sit with his mother and watch his
younger brothers play the sports that the whole family loved. But there was
nothing for Trey to participate in for himself.
So he sat and watched.
Most moms would lament the
situation, grieve for opportunity lost, and wish the circumstances were
different. But most moms aren’t like Trey’s mom, my friend Kim.
When holy discontent reached
its boiling point in Kim, she decided to do something about it. So Kim started
an organization called Structured Athletics for Challenged Children (SACC.)
SACC is a sports league for individuals with special needs that includes baseball, basketball, rodeo, bowling, and gymnastics.
Several years ago a new dad
in our town saw a picture in the local paper about SACC. The dad was a big
sports fan himself, so the league
Out of curiosity he went to
one of their afternoon sessions where the kids were playing basketball.
He was hooked from the very first
moment, watching the children with challenges playing, laughing, and
celebrating with their "buddy" assistants.
The new dad began
volunteering with SACC and then later began serving on the board. He couldn’t
explain it or understand it, but he just felt like God was calling him to be a
part of it. Up until then, this dad was a pretty selfish and arrogant person
living for himself and his own enjoyment and pleasure.
The children in SACC taught him so much
about life, true contentment, giving of yourself, purpose, and service to others. He fell in love with children with special needs.
Shortly after the new dad
began volunteering his time with SACC and serving as a coach, his whole world
was rocked upside down.
The new dad discovered that
his own toddler son had profound special need of his own. He had been living in
denial up to that point, hoping and believing his son’s “developmental delay”
But cerebral palsy and autism aren’t temporary.
In an ironic twist, the new
dad’s son would later become a participant in SACC himself. The dad’s dream of someday
coaching his own son in sports teams actually came true! So did the dad's dream of his son earning trophies.
The dreams, that came true after all, were just not in the way the dad
had once envisioned before his son was born. But the joy he felt was exactly what he had dreamed he would experience before his son was ever born.
I was that new dad.
My son is just one of hundreds of lives blessed by the life of Trey and God's purpose for his life.
So Trey’s life changed my life,
which changed my son’s life. And Trey’s story became intertwined with my son’s
story. And Trey’s family’s story became intertwined with my family’s story.
Both our stories are intertwined
in the telling of God’s story. Because that is what God does. He takes our
stories and weaves them together into one beautiful tapestry of his work.
God is writing his story on a human
canvas, and he weaves the pieces together as only he can do. God makes nothing but
masterpieces. God takes the broken pieces of clay and from them he constructs
vessels of beauty to contain the essence of himself.
God’s story never ends. The story continues. We
just get to play our part.
Happy Birthday, Trey.
PRAY: "Father, thank you for the gift of challenged children from whom we can receive so much. Thank you for the lessons they teach us and the way you use their lives to draw us closer to you."