Friday, August 25, 2006

A recent television show portrayed a man who had lost his daughter to cancer months earlier as one driven and focused. The initial portrayal caused you to think the direction of his attention was in an extremely vile avenue. Only as you watched did you see the reality unfold of what this grieving father was actually doing.

He had gone to bat for a young lady he had never even met, but who reminded him of his daughter. Against the odds, and at great risk to his own reputation, he began to fight on her behalf, to free her from bondage.

Ultimately, his efforts paid off and the young lady was free. Upon her final freedom, he released his pent up emotion. Though he was a hero for his efforts, he was not often viewed this way by the shows main characters. They saw him as "over the edge."

I think the world view of believers is often like this. Because we fight for the freedom of those who have fallen prey to Satan's lies, we are viewed as radical... extreme... the religious right.

Religion has little to do with what we seek. We would lay down our reputations for the opportunity to see one lost soul come to Christ. In the process, the world will cry, "foolishness!"

This does not matter. We know 1 Corinthians says that the He "chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise." I would rather be out of my mind for Christ, than wise and accepted by this world.

Even as I think on this, I am amazed by one who was so young, and yet "got it." Upon arrival to the hospital a year ago, BJ was starving for breath. His body was heaving as he tried to draw it in.

Even so, he never forgot whose he was and what his purpose on this earth was. As he fought for breath, the nurse who checked him in tried to help him relax. BJ had one desire. As she told him to focus his attention on getting oxygen to his lungs, between pants, he asked her if she was a Christian. He would spend those moments sharing his faith, and his testimony with her.

This would be the last day he would speak. The intensity of purpose in his life was so sure that his focus was not on himself when it most needed to be. He wanted to know that she knew what he knew. He wanted her to have the assurance that she was free from bondage.

I want to be that "foolish" with my life.

dad

9 Comments:

At 1:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow! That is an awesome place to be with God. I hope I will someday be to the place where I would think of others' salvation before my own illness.

 
At 1:50 PM, Blogger Linda Ronne said...

Very well said Brent, I would much rather be chosen by God as foolish in the worlds eyes if it means doing the Fathers work.
Continuing to keep you in our prayers.

In His Love
Linda

 
At 8:05 PM, Anonymous jonathan haag said...

amazing how BJ shared his faith...my favorite verse since before mission trip has been 1st corinthians 3:19. I hope you are all doing all right...love you guys so much.

in Christ
jonathan haag

 
At 12:27 AM, Blogger Lattany said...

"Whoever so desires to keep his life will loose it, but whoever looses his life will gain it."

Luke 17:33

Lattany
Fairfax, VA, USA

 
At 1:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dad,

The words you share never cease to amaze me and bless me. What a mighty God we serve. I'm especially praying for you guys during these coming months. I hope to see you sometime in the near future. I love you guys!

Acts 20:24
However, I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the gospel of God's grace.

In Christ,

Katie Kyle
pipi813@aol.com

 
At 1:48 PM, Blogger Praying in Pink said...

AUTHENTIC is the word that comes to my mind and heart.

Authentic in his life--authentic in his ministry--authentic in his living--authentic in his dying eleven months ago today.

Having read of BJ's hatred for hypocrisy, I would say that he showed the antithesis of that, not only to the medical team who cared for him so expertly (and we continue to thank you ALL), but to those of us who know him only by testimony. Thank you for this challenge. Thank you for the many costs expended in its sharing. I know that I am not the only one who is

gratefully praying in pink,

with tender love,

Marti

 
At 5:35 PM, Anonymous Brittany Di Salvo said...

Revelation 12:11 - And they have defeated them by the blood of the Lamb and by their testimony. They did not love their lives so much that they were afraid of death.

Miss you guys. Praying for you.. I was touched again by the words from your heart.

Love you all,
Brit

 
At 7:36 PM, Blogger Ashley Reagan said...

Any idea when the book might come out? I miss you guys so much! College is amazing though! Hope you are doing good. I think about you guys a lot! :)

Ashley Dawn

 
At 8:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

May we all be that foolish!! Thank you so much for sharing such amazing wisdom today!!! Blessings during this difficult time. Praying multi-colored - in any way I can for you all!!

 

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