I’ve been thinking a lot about this. My friend, Amy, made this quote into something I will frame eventually. I think that Josh Eddy was pursuing his own Joy Dare.
“To surrender a precious dream is a fearful thing, but to pursue anything but the full measure of the glory of God’s love is a wasted life.”
I never met this young man, but he was a friend of my sister. His death hit our homeschooling community hard, but there have been a few times when I’ve seen that someone’s death was really the avenue to life for someone else. In fact, Christ did that very thing.
In fact, it’s a powerful thing to know that someone did this for you. My other sister, Sierra, just spoke of that:
“Sometimes the realization of something hits you so hard you feel like an idiot for not seeing it before. I know this may sound a little…. weird, but I was eating lunch and thinking about the movie “C Me Dance,” and how unrealistic it was (if you’ve seen it you’ll know what I mean) when it hit me. What Jesus did REALLY happened. And He did it for ME. Sometimes it’s hard to see it amidst all the distractions of the world, and you feel like it happened so far back in history that it doesn’t apply to you. I know, because I have felt that way before. Sometimes it’s so hard to believe that GOD could love ME individually, along with every single other person who ever existed or will exist. That would take a LOT of love. But you know what? God is a big God, and what He did, He did for EVERYONE, even the unsaved. And it is our part to share the gospel with every person we meet. I know this can be hard, but with God’s help, all things are possible. ♥”
I went to an OA (Overeaters Anonymous – a 12-step group which branched off of Alcoholics Anonymous back in the 1960’s) meeting earlier this week. This week we talked about Step 2, which is “Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.” This “Power” is often referred to as an individual’s “Higher Power.” I know that sounds like New Age mumbo-jumbo, but in reality these Steps are referring to God. Because these 12-step meetings are for everyone to gain recovery from whatever addiction holds them captive, the founders of AA (and eventually NA, OA, SA, and so on…) wanted to also make sure that the people who came felt that they had free will just as God created us to have, therefore belief in God Himself is not pushed, though it is encouraged to choose Him as their Higher Power. However, as someone pursues true recovery through these meetings, they certainly do encounter God and many have turned their lives over to Christ because of it.
Anyway, one woman began to share about her Higher Power. She admitted right up front that she was agnostic, but just in that meeting she had realized what her Higher Power was.
She chose “Love.”
I sat next to her and my heart broke. She is so close to discovering Who Love actually is, but she is so blind still! But then, in the van on the way home, my friends and I talked about how this meeting is a mission field. Yes, it is sad that their eyes are closed to the reality of God, but that doesn’t mean that they will be blind forever. God is Love, and and it is our gift and privilege to share that with others.