First I need to start with an apology to my son-in-law Jason. I made a big deal over the numbers last night… 14th week and the whole XIV:XIV connection. But I totally missed an obvious fun number fact from last night! Jason played defensive tackle at Oregon and was number 98.. So Day 98-46 (http://wp.me/p6xSvf-yR) I should have also mentioned the connection to the number 98. Sorry Jason!
I mentioned last night Justus’ love for the song 10,000 Reasons. I realized that I assumed everyone had already heard him sing it (which I know many of you have) but in case you didn’t here is that link (https://youtu.be/de3O4s_i5Ac).
The picture tonight is sweet even for a football guy like me! He had another busy day in therapy… played with shaving cream, did some peddling on a stationary type bike, and they put ankle weights on him to help with his walking. I continue to marvel at the passion and enthusiasm everyone attacks their role in Justus’ life. Yes, it’s a job… but clearly its more than a job to these people and it’s so wonderful to see.
For those of us that consider ourselves followers of Jesus it should serve as a great encouragement for us to live out Colossians 3:17 ~
And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
In my 30 years of coaching kids one of my prayers every year consisted of Colossians 3:17. First that the young athletes I coached would see that lived out in me. But also that the Christian kids on our team would have the best attitudes, be the hardest workers, and be the most supportive of their teammates. It was never sad for me to have Christian kids that weren’t very good athletes… but it was always sad for me when a Christian kid or their family brought the bad attitude to our team.
I don’t know where each one of these therapists are in their faith journey. What I do know is, watching them makes me hope they are and convicts me of how I want others to see me live my life. As I watch Justus work hard without complaining… I sense the spirit of the Lord working in Him. My prayer is that Justus will always live out Colossians 3:17. I know he did before he got sick. I’ve watched him do it through some really tough days. And I’m seeing him do it now, as we get ready to usher in day 100!
So I suppose that’s the question for each one of us… did we live today in a way that brought honor to the one who created us? Colossians tells us to “give thanks” and one of the big ways we give thanks, is in the way we choose to live each day. I believe Justus is giving thanks to God the Father in the way he lives… how about you?