This week’s article is shared by William Tingle…
He probably had every reason to give up, but instead he chose to overcome temptations and adversity.
When you think of Memphis, TN, what do you think of? Thoughts of Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, The Mississippi River, basketball, and Beale Street would probably come flooding to your mind. The last thing that you would probably think of is Memphis education system and Melrose High School. You definitely would have never heard of Dellarontay Readus who is a senior at Melrose High School.
Mr. Readus has an exciting and wonderful life ahead of him. He has achieved a great feat for anyone and an even greater one when you consider his hardships. Dellarontay has been accepted to seven universities. I know what you are thinking, seven universities? What is the big deal? What you do not know is that one of the schools is Standford University and they have awarded him a full scholarship. Mr. Readus is the valedictorian of the 2015 Melrose Graduation class. He also scored a 31 on his ACT. What makes this a incredible story is the fact that both his mother and father have been blind since his birth. He has had to move 21 times and has worked 20 hours a week to supplement his parents income by tutoring his peers. In an interview he stated, “You have to be willing to go a step further to do the thing that you want to do. I did not have the resources necessary to get it done by myself. So I had to go out and find them. I took the bus to the interview to get there and I was not worried about that at all. Just came and went on my way. Just did what I had to do”.
The spiritual application to this great story can be summed up with one question. How bad do you want to go to Heaven? Are you willing to do what you have to do to get what you want? That is what Dellarontay did. He had a goal, and did not let anything keep him from achieving that goal. He worked hard and he has been awarded for his outstanding performance. I can only imagine the difficulties and temptations that he was faced with. He probably had every reason to give up, but instead he chose to overcome temptations and adversity. Let us be like Mr. Readus and do the very best we can to stay on the narrow path that will led us to our reward. One let us be like him and be able to say, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith” (2 Timothy 4:7).