Having spent the first ten 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.
You can also experience this same sense of faith and peace. Simply ask for it.
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 two gifts. Not only has He helped me earn a position with Manchester United;* 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.
*Howard has played for Everton in the Premier League and tended the goal for the U.S. national team at the 2014 World Cup.