Welcome one and all to Thursday, May 26, 2016. Last Tuesday evening we were able to attend the graduation of our first grandson, Jimmy Jr. It seems like only yesterday I finished reading his favorite book to him and I carried him outside to say goodnight to the moon, stars, and anything else we could think of. He was not able to go the traditional high school route but worked through a variety of special courses, internet based learning, and other avenues to achieve his diploma. He didn't ask for the bi-polar, ADHD, and dyslexia related challenges he has had to deal with throughout his short life. These were difficult obstacles and it has not been easy, but, he, with God's help, the help of his parents, family and friends, his teachers, and many different health practitioners, has made it through this phase. We are so thankful to God for this accomplishment. We are so proud of this young man. He plans to continue his education at a local community college this fall. Please pause to call out his name that God will now help to make a way for him as he continues his journey. Congratulations Little Jim and know that we love you, always, mimi and poppy
Life does equal struggle for every single person who lives on the planet. Not you? Well, congratulations, you are the one and only exception! You may not have the ones faced by our grandson, or the ones faced by your neighbor, or even those I face each day, but, we all are, in one way or another, fellow strugglers. This condition does not have to be the end of the story. God is in the business of helping write the overcomers stories. We are surrounded by them every day. I recently discovered another young man who has a remarkable life story to tell. He was born very premature to crack-addicted parents. He wasn't supposed to live. He was born blind and later discovered to have Autism. An Aunt ended up adopting him into her family. They discovered he had an acute ear for music. They helped him to develop his talent. At 11 years old he performed one song at a local worship rally. That song was the Michael W. Smith classic, "Open the Eyes of My Heart." Unbeknownst to this kid or his family, someone taped this blind autistic kid singing and posted it on YouTube. It blew up the internet and today at 15 he continues to inspire folks all over the world. Literally. If you don't do anything else please take the time to check out his story and his music. This is his website: http://www.christopherduffley.com/ Or you can put his name, Christopher Duffley, into YouTube and find some 50 posted videos. If you watch this young man and you are not inspired, you will likely need the kind of heart help that only God can give. Just do it!
What's the reason this kid now has a ministry touching people all over the world? Only God. What's the reason any of us can have a positive spiritual impact on others? Only God. There's really no other explanation. Where does the peace come from that we see exhibited in the lives of folks facing uncertain days? Only God. Since we all struggle. Since we are all in need of the help that only God can provide, well, we need to call on Him and receive the help we all so desperately need. The wife and I used to sing a song that pretty much says it all, "Jesus is right for whatever is wrong in your life." I know that sounds simplistic but when it is all said and done, it is, simply, the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. I didn't sign on to preach a sermon today and I hope my little essay doesn't come across that way. A former pastor said something about us sharing our faith with others that has always stuck with me. We are just one beggar telling other beggars where we found food. Okay. As you can tell, my heart is full today. Do remember to say a prayer for our Jimmy Jr., as he pursues God's best in his life. Have a great rest of the day and remember to remember to thank God for His blessings. Amen. .....More later.