Inspiring stories of people who succeed against all odds come to our attention all the time, but the case of Bryce Weiler is a little different. The 30-year-old from Claremont, Illinois, is a huge sports fan, and has worked his way up the ladder to be a radio commentator. So far he has called over 150 games in his career. The amazing part of his story is that he is completely blind.
So how does he do it? How does he help bring sporting events to life for radio listeners? Tons of preparation! Before each game, he spends 13-15 hours studying team stats and player bios. He also studies the styles of the commentators he will work with, helping to compliment their way of broadcasting the games. Additionally, he listens to each team’s head coach, as well as previous broadcasts of their games. He over-prepares to compensate for his areas of weakness.
What a lesson for us as Christians! If we have a weakness in a particular area of our life, we need to shore it up by giving extra attention to that point. Jesus makes this clear in Matthew 19 when the rich young ruler comes to Him with the question, “Good Teacher, what good thing shall I do that I may have eternal life?” (Matt. 19:16). The Lord tells him to keep the commandments, and the man responds by asking, “Which ones?” After naming six of the commandments, the young man affirmed that he had kept all those, and wanted to know what he still lacked. Jesus instructed him to sell his goods and give to the poor, and to follow Him. The young ruler was not willing to go that far to prepare for eternal life, and went away sorrowful.
If he would have taken that extra step of preparation, the rich young ruler could have had the thing he desired: eternal life. Let’s remember to strengthen our weak points so that we can walk with the Lord eternally!