when your children come home from school and have been
bullied or teased by cruel children, it is often helpful to tell
them stories about inspiring people who have overcome
here's a story about a hero of mine. isaac watts (1674-1748)
wrote many of the hymns we sing today. my favorites are
'o God, our help in ages past,' and 'when i survey the
wondrous cross.' i know every word.
what i didn't know is that he was only five feet tall with
a giant head and a great big nose. sadly, the woman he
loved wouldn't marry him, because he was so ugly. if that
weren't bad enough, his health was severely weakened by
a devastating case of smallpox.
though his happiness was threatened by his appearance,
his rejection, and his health, he must have still been filled
with an unfathomable joy.
after all, he wrote, 'joy to the world the Lord is come!'