Have you heard the story of Ted Williams?
It’s likely that you may have heard the story (and voice) of a “homeless” man named Ted Williams. His voice is indeed amazing but the story behind his voice, truly shines. Most will focus their attention on the voice and the feel good story of second chances but if we listen to his story – in his own words – we’ll hear the story of redemption and reconciliation and…
a God who is still speaking to the world today.
While his story is unique, it also has a common thread that can be understood by all: we’ve all been down and out in some way or another.
- A few years ago, he was strung out on drugs & alcohol, barely surviving, and living out on the streets.
- Even a few days ago, he was homeless and simply looking for a break.
And then this video below was filmed this week. It was uploaded on January 3 and at the time this post got published, it was viewed 8,747,752 times and counting:
You’ve heard his voice…
Now, listen to his story…in his own words.
Just take 6 minutes to watch this video. It’s pretty amazing. In his own words, he speaks of 2010 – while perceived by most as another wasted year – as the most significant year of his life as he encountered God in his life.
Stories of redemption & encountering God never grow old.
They are the most beautiful stories.
I love this story – maybe even more than the story of Susan Boyle – because it gives a face and a story to many who are homeless.
So many nuggets of wisdom and life lessons, no?
We’re cruel and unfair when we paint everyone who are down and out with a broad stroke or description of ‘homeless.’
We all have a story and a voice.
We are created in the image of God. We are loved by God. This – in essence – is the definition of human dignity. Indeed, the Gospel matters…
Everyone needs a break. 2 million?
And as we feel all tingly and mushy inside, know this:
When the frenzy dies down, we need to remember that there are anywhere from 672,000 to 2 million people that are homeless in America that are looking for 2nd chances.
They, too, have stories and voices.
How about you? What’s your takeaway from this story?