R.A. Dickey was an incredible pitcher for the Tennessee Volunteers who was drafted by the Texas Rangers because of his 94-mph fastball. But when he had surgery to remove a bone spur, everything changed. Doctors found that he was born without a “Tommy John” Ligament in his right elbow. For those that don’t know baseball, you need that ligament.
In 1997, R.A. was stuck in the minor leagues and could have called it quits, but he changed his perspective. He decided to start pitching the knuckleball. This took years to perfect, but by 2012 he was selected to the All-Star Team for the first time. He ended up winning the CY Young Award that year with a 20–6 record. Those are incredible stats.
Perspective is everything…
Over the next few weeks, you may notice that Greyson and I will be back doing our videos that we started when we were not able to meet in person. As we continue in this season of Advent, working our way towards Christmas, we are going to be looking at some of the key characters in the Nativity story. We’re going to talk about what it might have been like to walk in their shoes during this time.
What was their perspective???
I truly believe that the way we look at things has such a big impact on our lives and our attitude. Changing our point of view, our perspective, has the potential to change the way we live and the way we interact with the world around us.
It’s my prayer that we fix our eyes on Jesus and let His love be the lens that we use as our point of view.
By Johnny Brown, Youth Director