I had the recent pleasure of listening to a talk given by Tim Siegel at my daughter's FCA meeting. A little over a year ago, Tim's son Luke (a then 4th grader, now 5th) was in a terrible golf cart accident that caused severe brain injury. Many of you might recall hearing about the Siegel's story and have followed it over the past year. My wife, Kim, was Luke's music teacher at Lubbock-Cooper. The Siegel family has been a part of the Lubbock community for many years, so many of you are connected in some way. Tim spoke to the group, mostly middle school students, about the tragedy of his son's accident, the challenge to his faith, the pain, and ultimately his renewed passion and hope. Many have been inspired by Luke's story, his resiliency, and his progress beyond expectation.
Tim's message and the Siegel's journey has caused me to think about opportunity. I think of my own children, and the short time I have with them. I have the choice to be present and seize the opportunity for each little moment with them. I'm reminded that we often take for granted the things that we have, and the people that surround us. Typically we associate the word opportunity with action, success, business, or even ministry. I believe that our world today needs more people that seize the opportunities for authentic relationships. We need more opportunities for open dialogue over divisive issues and conversations that center in on the core things that move us toward a flourishing for all people. May we be a people that are authentic, and that are brave enough, and have the courage that only comes from Holy Spirit to "make the most of every opportunity", as the Bible says. May we love in ways that don't make sense. May we live radically the way of Jesus.
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