Connie and I recently watched a movie together. When it was over, we agreed that we should encourage our adult children to watch it with their children!
The movie was “Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story.” I recommend it to parents who wish to inspire their children to excel in life, no matter what their calling may be. Dr. Benjamin Carson is the Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions and is a professor of neurosurgery, plastic surgery, oncology and pediatrics. Which is to say he is brilliant! He is a world-renowned physician, scholar, writer, humanitarian leader and Christian thinker.
The film tells the story of his youth, his education at Yale University, and of his famously successful, life-saving surgeries to separate babies born congenitally united (Siamese Twins). Most importantly, the story centers on Carson’s mother.
A single mom with limited financial and educational resources, she worked long hours cleaning other people’s houses. She was determined that her two sons would excel academically. She couldn’t read herself, but she insisted that they spend time in the public library and read, read, read. (Whiz Kids tutors should see this film, too.)
She inspired her boys to reach for greatness, and they did. She inspired them to trust God and to follow Jesus, and they did. Maybe her story can inspire young parents to inspire their kids in the same way.
Connie and I watched this movie on the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King. You see, Dr. Ben Carson is African- American and an example to all of the good results that follow initiative, hard work, healthy self-respect and faith in God.
Speaking of reading, I am now reading his book, America the Beautiful: Rediscovering What Made This Nation Great. I recommend the book, too.