by Melissa Main
Her children arise and call her blessed. Proverbs 31:28
A couple of weeks ago I was inspired by one of the best movies I have ever watched, Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story. A young African-American boy struggled in school and made failing grades. The taunting and jeers of his classmates infuriated him, and he lashed back by getting into fist fights with his tormentors. However, his godly mother saw great potential in her son. She took him to church and gave him one of the most precious gifts a mother can give. She gave him the gift of self-worth. She believed in him when no one else did. Despite her limited education and being unable to read, she made her son read two books a week and give her oral book reports. She kept telling him that he “could do anything that anyone else could do and that he could do it better.” With every ounce of effort and energy she possessed, she fought to overcome the obstacles in their lives so that her son could succeed.
Ben Carson, her son, is the top pediatric neurosurgeon in the world today. This godly man prays every day as he takes on the toughest cases in the world, applying new surgical techniques to save the lives of children around the globe.
God used his remarkable mother to help him climb mountains that seemed insurmountable. His mother did not achieve the same acclaim as her son. However, her role as an encourager in his life has been his biggest asset. As a mother, I am amazed by her example. It causes me to ponder this question: who can I help achieve their potential? I may never be world famous, but I just might give wings to someone else who has that ability.