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I heard this story on the radio this morning. It has been all over the news in the US and it concerns a homeless man in Columbus Ohio. A reporter from the Columbus Dispatch filmed the man who was holding a cardboard sign which said that he was homeless but had a “God given talent of voice”. The reporter asked the man to say something and when he speaks, this amazing voice comes out. The man, Ted Williams, goes on to explain that he is a former radio announcer who has fallen on hard times due to drug and alcohol addiction.
The video was uploaded onto YouTube and became a sensation with 11,000,000 hits in a few days (the original video has been removed due to a copyright claim); Ted Williams has been on some of the biggest shows in the US and has job offers pouring in. The press are now all over his history which includes some criminal convictions.
There are many questions in my own mind, how will he cope with going from begging on the street to being the person every news outlet wants? is perhaps the first. But if we look beyond the individual we have to ask, how many more homeless people have a God given talent? Or how often do we judge each other by appearances?
“The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:7)