Here in the U.S. we have been bombarded on Facebook and other social media by people accepting the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. It is where people are challenging friends to pour a bucket of ice cold water over their heads and to make a donation to and ALS foundation.
ALS is a devastating disease where you slowly lose function of nerves and muscles throughout your body. Slowly your body shuts down, but your mind remains strong. A dear friend of mine passed away from ALS in July 2012. Terry was a man of unwavering faith.
From the time he was diagnosed he always found the positives and never focused on the negatives. His attitude was astounding. I asked him how he could be so positive when he lost the ability to do the things he loved and even to be able to care for himself. His answer was simple, “I have faith in God and trust Him completely.”
Those of us who knew Terry knew he was a believer and knew he went to church and was raising his children to know the Lord. However, it wasn’t until his illness that we learned the depth of His faith. He lost his ability to walk and was confined to a wheelchair. As his health declined, his faith became bolder. He said his wheelchair was a better pulpit to share the Lord with others than when he was standing on his own two feet.
He shared his faith with anyone he came into contact with and was such a powerful witness for the Lord. He saw the goodness of God in the midst of circumstances that appeared anything but good from the outside. How about you – do you see the goodness of God in your circumstances?
Terry knew one of the purposes for his illness was to increase his faith and the power of his witness. I have no doubt the Lord has rewarded him for his faithfulness.
May we all be able to say we cling to our faith regardless of what we face, put our trust in the Lord and see His goodness.
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.
- To make a donation to support ALS please go to the following link:
- Photo with quote from my friend Karen’s FB page
- Scripture from http://www.biblegateway.com