By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

"Start where you are.

Use what you have.
Do what you can."
-Arthur Ashe
A quote generally unveils an individual of illustration, inspiration, and perspiration.
This is most certainly true of Arthur Ashe.
Arthur Ashe was a professional tennis player who won three Grand Slam titles.
He was the first African American player selected to the U.S. Davis Cup team and the only African American to win the singles title at Wimbledon and the US Open.
Harry Hopman (world acclaimed Australian tennis player and coach) ranked him No.1 in 1968.
The World Tennis Magazine ranked him No.1 in 1975.
The ATP computer rankings ranked him as No. 2 in 1976.
Phenominal at his game, Ashe succeeded in his determination to become the "singlehanded" best at the game of tennis.
In 1980 Arthur experienced a severe trial that would alter both his life and his purpose.
The HIV virus attached itself to him through a blood transfusion received during a heart bypass surgery.
He publicly announced his illness in 1992 and began to educate the world about HIV and AIDS. As founder of the Arthur Ashe Fourndation for the defeat of Aids and Institute for Urban Health, he sought to educate and utilize his fame for educational purposes.
He died on February 6, 1993, at the age of 49 of AIDS related pneumonia.
Bill Clinton awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom postumously on June 20, 1993.
We never know, until it's all said and done, what our earthly journey might entail and encompass.
What we can be sure of is that God is preparing us for a task He has preordained for us in advance and none of us, not a single one of us, really knows what that is.
God has the scoop and the scope on our lives and He alone determines what our lives will bear out for Him.
"For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained what we should walk in them."
Ephesians 2:10
This is God's truth to you and me.
Trust Him when it's hard.
Trust Him when you can't see.
Trust Him when the tennis ball no longer bounces;
 and the blood transfusion rewrites the story.
God is in control ...
and He knows your name.
"Start where you are.
Use what you have.
Do what you can."
-Arthur Ashe