Tim Howard Talks About Faith

How God used Tim's grandmother and Tourette's to move the famous soccer player to trust Jesus.

Article courtesy of Athletes in Action
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Tim Howard now plays for Everton in the Premier League and tends the goal for the U.S. national team at the 2014 World Cup.

Having spent the first 10 years of my life with an undiagnosed case of Tourette's syndrome -- a neurological disorder characterized by physical and verbal tics -- I did not experience a lot of peace.

But even though my life often seemed chaotic, I knew I could always count on at least one person to provide calm and stability: my grandmother.

Nana's sense of peace was so powerful because it came from her faith in the Lord.

Through her, God revealed His love for me as well. It wasn't long before I was following in her footsteps. I wanted the same kind of faith and peace she had, and that is exactly what God gave me. (Read Tim's article in Worldwide Challenge.)

That said; living with Tourette's is not easy. But God has blessed me with the gift of athleticism as well.

He has done some powerful things in my life through the combination of these 2 gifts. He also has shown me ways to use my position as a professional athlete to encourage others with Tourette's syndrome.

Today, I am blessed to be living a dream. And yet, if it all went away tomorrow, I know I would still have peace. That probably sounds crazy to most people, but that's the kind of peace Christ gives. It is rooted in His love, and it surpasses all understanding.

You can experience this same sense of love and peace, too. All you have to do is ask for it.

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