This summer, “Me Before You” comes out: A movie about a guy in his prime who breaks his neck and then falls in love in what looks like an unconventional relationship.
I read the tag line:
What do you do when making the person you love happy also means breaking your own heart?
What could that mean?
Unfortunately, I looked.
After realizing his condition, the guy agrees to live six months before undergoing assisted suicide. The girl initially struggles with his choice, but ultimately decides to support his decision to end his life.
And this is a movie? Based off of a book in the Top 10 on Amazon?
Am I missing something?
It is frustrating to me when I see stuff like this; as if we are entitled to perfect, happy lives and there’s no point in existing if that’s not the case. Without functioning arms and legs is there really nothing to live for?
My desire is to show there is a reason to keep going, no matter the circumstances. A reason to live. A reason for hope. That no situation is beyond God’s redemptive power.
I want others to experience what I’ve experienced.
How can I play a part in that?
When this website was launched in 2013, it was a nice way to keep family and friends in the loop. Pretty quickly my audience opened up- as did the opportunities that accompanied it. From speaking to a church congregation to appearing on the news, periodically someone would reach out, intrigued enough to bring me to their respective group to share about my experience.
Pretty quickly, people began reaching out and I began to get feedback about how others were finding hope in their own lives through looking at my situation.
I wondered if there was a way to reach more. So at the beginning of 2016, I began to ponder, “Why not ask God if he wants to amplify this chance to display what he is doing in my life?”
Over 2000 years ago a man named Jabez prayed, “God, enlarge my territory.” God listened and granted this request (See 1 Chronicles 4:10). I mimicked this prayer and was blown away by just how quickly it was answered.
I have corresponded with people from Canada all the way to Europe and Africa. I recently collaborated with a pastor on the West Coast and was able to address his congregation this past weekend via video (below). My story has been featured in the University of Cincinnati magazine, local news stations, USA Today, and even a Paris newspaper. One by one God has been adding another set of eyes to what he’s doing.
And the funny thing is, I’ve been stuck in my room in bed pretty much all day throughout this time. God can use any situation and is not bound by my capabilities and circumstances. This is yet another prime example of him making much out of what would seem hopeless.
What about you? Could God be taking you through a season that would be helpful for others to learn from?
Maybe the prayer of Jabez is just the prayer for you.
Here’s an example from earlier this month of how God expanded my territory by having the opportunity to address a church on the West Coast from the confines of my bedroom:
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