Monty Williams gives powerful speech urging forgiveness for driver who killed his wife (Video)
The wife of Oklahoma City Thunder assistant coach Monty Williams was killed in a car accident last week. Instead of blame the driver who killed his wife or resent the driver's family, Williams is using the death of his wife to preach forgiveness — something that goes so far beyond the basketball court and hits us in a very human way.
Williams gave a powerful eulogy in which he spoke on forgiveness for the driver who killed his wife and prayers for that family. The videos are below in successive order:
That's just incredible — seriously. If you didn't watch the videos, here's what Williams said:
"I want to close with this, and I think it's the most important thing we need to understand. Everyone is praying for me and my family, which is right, but let us not forget that there were two people in this situation. And that family needs prayer as well, and we have no ill will towards that family. In my house, we have a sign that says, 'As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.
We cannot serve the Lord if we don't have a heart of forgiveness. That family didn't wake up wanting to hurt my wife. Life is hard. It is very hard, and that was tough, but we hold no ill will toward the Donaldson family. And we, as a group, brothers united in unity, should be praying for that family because they grieve as well. So let's not lose sight of what's important."
Losing someone who is near and dear to us is hard, but to have someone who you consider your partner in life in a sudden and violent way like this is almost impossible to fathom.
Monty Williams is ten times the man I am, because if my wife was killed in an accident like this I would not have the same reaction. Not a whole lot of us would have the reaction that Williams did, as this is an example of a lesson we can learn from sports figures that has nothing at all to do with the game.