Washington Redskins Quarterback Robert Griffin, III (nicknamed RG3) experienced a life-altering injury Sunday 14 September. He dislocated an ankle. One newspaper headline read: “RG3 leaves game with dislocated ankle, status for season unclear.” Having injured both ankles, I cannot imagine his pain. For months, I wore a “boot” that looked suitable for an expedition in outer space.
Late Saturday afternoon our telephone rang. An unfamiliar voice asked if we had food. We offered to drop off groceries. When we met him, he said that he lost his job 3 weeks ago, causing the family to fall behind in their obligations. He and his wife have a newborn son. Today, he started a new job. He works days while his wife works evenings so that they can care for their son. Because of a job loss, the family had to move into a motel. They live in poverty.
“Season Unclear” is a headline that applies to many families who are homeless or living in poverty. RG3 is a Christian athlete. His Twitter account states, “I have no Religion. I have a relationship with God. Live your life so it doesn’t live you.” He also lists Jeremiah 29:11 which reads: “I know the plans I have in mind for you, declares the Lord; they are plans for peace, not disaster, to give you a future filled with hope.” A relationship with Jesus Christ can fill an unclear future with the hope of eternal life.
For RG3 and a new father with a 2-month old son, I will pray for healing, restoration and hope for a future filled with God’s peace. “Season Unclear” strikes millionaire star athletes and families living in poverty who are trying to make ends meet. Trusting in God can make the time of a “season unclear” more bearable during life-altering circumstances whether one is a millionaire or living in poverty or a homeless situation.
Are you aware of the homeless or those living in poverty in your community? Do you serve or avoid them? You can help them in their times of “season unclear” by providing funds for shelters, donating food to pantries or volunteering at organizations of goodwill. You can be a part of God’s community that helps provide a future filled with hope.
There are 46 million people living in poverty in America. How many live in your area? What are you going to do about it?