Curly Howard Speaks to Homeschoolers – Nyuk! Nyuk! Nyuk!

On October 22, 1903 Jerome Lester Horwitz was born. Most of us know him simply as “Curly” of the Three Stooges. Dead now for nearly 60 years Curly remains as popular with audiences today as he was in his prime in the 1930’s.


Few people know that when he was 12 years old, Curly accidentally shot himself in the left ankle while cleaning a rifle. His older brother Moe rushed him to the hospital and saved his life. But the gunshot resulted in a lifelong limp which Curly refused to have repaired because of his overwhelming fear of surgery. It was this limp which caused Curly to develop his exaggerated, peculiar walk on screen- one of his most memorable pieces of creative acting.

Perhaps you or one of your children has what some might perceive as a “handicap”- either physical, mental or emotional. Perhaps the Lord would like to use that “weakness” to make you strong in another area. For instance, those who are born blind, become much better at hearing than those who have sight.

Is there something in your life or the lives of your children than the Lord can turn to your advantage? Perhaps you recall that Moses suffered some sort of speech impediment. Paul had some sort of physical handicap. The list is long of God choosing to use what appear to be “the weak things” of this world to accomplish His purposes.

In 2 Cor. 12:9 Paul observes, “But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.”

Whatever your circumstance, ask Him today how He might want to use you or your children for His glory and to accomplish His purposes. Remember how the birth of Curly 106 years ago today and his accidental gunshot wound at age 12 gave the world one of its greatest comedic actors in part because his “weakness” to helped bring joy to others.


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