Looks pretty tall, doesn't he?
And met the younger sister of one of his early teammates.
But she was dead wrong. Life wasn't hard on Grampie. What his mother thought was a weakness, what she worked so hard to compensate for that she neglected her other child, was the very thing most used in his life for good. God gave Grampie size, was purposeful in that creation. And the favoritism his mother showed him because she worried that his size was some cruel mistake caused strife between Grampie and his brother for years, and with her husband (who never watched Grampie play a single game of basketball).
Grampie's mother is not the only person to guess wrong about what life will do to her child. We all guess and often guess wrong about how life will turn out for our kids. However, what I want to learn from Grandma W (as Beve calls her) is to trust that God doesn't make mistakes. I mean, this is faith 101--and I'm talking about a woman who was a very faithful woman, by all accounts. That's the first lesson. Grampie's size was no accident. And secondly, the harm she expected from that size, (and I'm not sure it did), God could use for good, which is exactly what He did. That size became the most valuable asset in Grampie's long life. And God knew it would be so.
This is great news for all of us. What worries you most about yourself may be exactly God intends to use in your life. It may be the one asset you will need in myriad ways, with myriad people. God doesn't waste anything. The pastor who preached at Sam's memorial service reminded us of that. He doesn't waste sorrows, disappointments, joys or disadvantages. With Him there is no waste at all. So what is it that most troubles you about yourself? Why don't you ask Him what He intends to do with exactly that weakness? Ask how He will help your weakness be used for good.