What’s the Matter?

Special olympics


A few years ago at the Seattle Special Olympics, nine contestants, all physically or mentally disabled, assembled at the starting line for the 100-yard dash.

At the gun they all started out, not exactly in a dash, but with a relish to run the race to the finish and win.

All, that is, except one little boy who stumbled on the asphalt, tumbled over a couple of times, and began to cry.  The other eight heard the boy cry.  They slowed down and looked back.  Then they all turned around and went back.  Every one of them.

One girl with Down’s syndrome bent down and kissed him, saying, “This will make it better.”

Then all nine linked arms and walked together to the finish line.  Everyone in the stadium stood, and the cheering went on for several minutes.  People who were there are still telling the story.


Because deep down we know this one thing:  what matters in this life is more than winning for ourselves.  What matters in this life is helping others win, even if it means slowing down and changing our course. 

Pass it on…we need to change hearts…



 (1998 submission to the Widow’s Window)

10 comments on “What’s the Matter?

  1. So glad this story is getting coverage, thank you for this and i hope to hear more like it!

  2. camary1996 says:

    Whew!!!! Powerful blog! It’s what the Lord wants us Christians to do….daily. My son was in the special Olympics when he was about 6 years old. He had braces on his legs and ran with all his might. He didn’t win but it didn’t matter. The smile on his face that day and the tears in the eyes of my family was priceless.

    It’s amazing how the seemingly weakest can teach the stronger valuable lessons.

    p.s. I love the falling leaves on your blog…can’t stop looking at it LOL!

  3. seashoremary says:

    These kids aren’t blinded by the “educated” deceiving spirit held by many people who don’t see that we all hold special attributes that shines clearly — that we all are in special need of someone stronger to lean on and in our case Jesus Christ.

    Great post!

  4. Very beautiful and inspiring story. Really touched. Thank you for posting this wonderful story:)

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