Mistaking Green Jacket Treasure for Trash


2015 Masters champion Jordan Spieth spoke with Tom Rinaldi about his autistic, special needs sister Ellie: “She provides humility to our family. She allows us to see the big picture of things — to not stress too much if I made birdie or par on that hole. In reality, I’m lucky to be there. I’m lucky to have this opportunity.”


I remember years back reading of a man writing an essay on the most influential person in his life — his mentally retarded, invalid brother, who taught him the grace of humility and gave him perspective for life.  Wiping away drool and cleaning bedpans built character and taught invaluable lessons.

It sounds like Jordan sat at the feet of Ellie.  Undoubtedly, Ellie was used of the Lord as an essential ingredient in Jordan’s dauntless psychological makeup.  Profoundly, no Ellie for the Spieths, no green jacket for Jordan.

Tragic how many in our pro-choice culture would assess Ellie’s projected quality of life as unacceptable and worthy of pre-birth termination.  Our prenatal screening tests have become selective genocide against the disabled.

How poor we are when we mistaken God’s precious gifts for garbage, and His treasure for trash.

It would be like finding Jordan’s green jacket on the Goodwill rack, or worse yet, in a clinic dumpster.

Jordan’s interview with Tom Rinaldi:


About savedbygrace1976

Mark Chanski (author of Manly Dominion; Womanly Dominion; and Encouragement: Adrenaline for the Soul) has labored as a full-time Pastor since 1986 in churches in Ohio and Michigan. He has been Pastor of Harbor Church in Holland, Michigan, since 1994. He has also been elected as Coordinator of the Reformed Baptist Network. He holds a Bachelor's degree from Cornerstone University, and a Master of Divinity degree from Grand Rapids Theological Seminary. He teaches Hermeneutics for the Reformed Baptist Seminary in Sacramento, CA. Mark is married to his wife Dianne, and has fathered their four sons and one daughter, whose ages stretch from 36 to 26 (born 1983 to 1994).
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