“IMPERFECT”

I just finished reading the book; “Imperfect: An Improbable Life” by Jim Abbott and Tim Brown.  It is an enjoyable read. I especially liked it as it deals with baseball and Jim Abbott, who was born and raised in Flint, Michigan, just about 20 miles from my home town.

The amazing thing about Jim Abbott is what all he accomplished although born without a right hand.      He gives much credit to the positive support of his parents.  They did not want him to be a handicap.  They challenged him not to be different.

He was an all American at the University of Michigan and an Olympic gold medalist. He became a major league baseball pitcher for ten seasons on four different teams.  He threw a no-hitter at Yankee Stadium against the Cleveland Indians September 4, 1993.  He retired from baseball in 1999.

Jim Abbott made the most of what he had been given.  There were happy moments but also incredibly difficult moments.  His life was a tremendous struggle with triumph and adversity.  But, he hung in there and continued to do all he could.  He tells that he could not have made a success of his life without the encouragement and support of his family, friends and especially his wife.  They believed in him.

Today, he serves as a motivational speaker and guest pitching instructor for the Los Angeles Angels.  He lives in California with his wife, two children and their dog.  He continues to serve others with his “family to family Helping Hands” which is a free online discussion group for parents and friend to share ideas  and support each other when faced with challenges.

This is a soul searching book causing one to think: am I doing my best with what I have to do with?
We must not allow circumstances to define who we are.  We must make the most of what we have been given. Outward appearance does not define who we are.  Life is what we do with what we have been given.

I thought about “Imperfect.” Is there any other kind?  None of us are perfect, everyone has some faults, flaws, imperfection.  THE ONLY ONE  PERFECT WAS AND IS JESUS.  Since this is true, He alone could and did make the perfect sacrifice to offer us salvation.  The Perfect died for the imperfect.
Hebrews 5: 9  “and, once made perfect, He bcame the source of eternal salvation for all who obey Him.”

Amounting to something is all about being everything God created us to be.

 

One Response to ““IMPERFECT””

  1. Max, this is such a beautiful story, and you have used it to convey a beautiful devotion for all who will read it..
    Jesus did not call 12 perfect men to follow Him ! And He can even use “Senior Adults” too WE just have to be willing !!
    Loved and Prayers, Joann

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