I want to share with all of you something that happened to a precious college friend of mine who attends Clemson University. Her name is Peyton Browder. This was a tough life lesson she learned a little over a week ago. It was a wake up call for me as well. I think it’s something we all need to be reminded of.
With Peyton’s permission, I’d like to share her story:
Today I got a Clemson obituary email for a girl whose name sounded too familiar. She was a girl in my math class; except she wasn't just any girl in my math class, we were partners.
What do you do when the pain is so deep or the fear is overwhelming? Do you shut down? Do you pray? What if the prayer isn’t answered quickly and the circumstance that you find yourself in continues? What if the answer is “No”? Then what?
And when we pray, do we pray out of fear or trust? Do we pray that the circumstance changes or that we change?
“Where have all the heroes gone?” That question was posed to me not too long ago.
I tried to remember my childhood heroes, but I drew a blank. I guess men in capes and tights just don’t stick with you for long. Even into teenage and young adult years I couldn’t recall many.
When you think about a hero, who comes to your mind? What are the qualifiers?
Adler Felix said, “The hero is one who kindles a great light in the world, who sets up blazing torches in the dark streets of life for men to see by.”
This is the scene that my son and his wife woke up to the other morning. It looked like a bomb had exploded in their kitchen. Actually, two 7 month old black lab puppy bombs to be exact.
I was totally amused by the whole thing. Mainly because I felt like I had in some small way been avenged for all the times my house looked like their kitchen because of my oldest son. I have to say, I think the puppies paid him back well on my behalf! Payback is so sweet.
I just finished teaching a six-week bible study to a group of amazing women. It wasn’t an easy study. It required intense soul searching and a willingness to take a really hard inward look. Not an easy thing to do. But these women were incredible. They dug in and refused to not learn…no matter how hard it got. Most of them are in the middle of very difficult circumstances. They are in a season where heartache is plentiful. Where throwing the towel in would be such an easy thing to do. But they have chosen instead to stay the course, no matter how difficult. These women are warriors and I am better for having shared this time with them.
We started our study off with this quote:
“Great warriors are not made from living pampered, unchallenged, obstacle less lives. Though they may think themselves valiant, they have never been trained for the intense battles. On the other hand, a mighty warrior is born out of great adversity, difficult obstacles, and many scars. The scars that come from deep wounds-but wound that have healed. They are the wise, courageous, diligent ones who never take their eyes off of their king. They are the ones that count the loss as gain, who surrender all they have for their King.”(Author Unknown)
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