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: