I was so excited to show up at the ball field one afternoon to find the principal from school along with her husband, escorting one of my students from last year back to their car.
See, Jon was one of those students who had everything going for him! He was bright, athletic, funny, and sensitive. Most days the first thing he would ask me was, “How’s Nick?”
Then one night last February I received a call telling me that Jon had been involved in a car accident. A drunk driver had hit the car that he and his sister were in. The past year has been filled with everything from life support to physical therapy for Jon. Simply walking to and from the ball field was an accomplishment for him on this particular day.
But Jon is one of those kids who is a fighter! And he has grandparents who are prayer warriors! So between Jon’s determined spirit and his grandparent’s neverending prayers, Jon keeps getting stronger and stronger.
Life is challenging, but Jon is up for the challenge!

Isn’t that how we should all live?!?! Life on this planet will never be easy. Jesus said, “In this world you WILL have troubles.” He didn’t say we “might have troubles.” Without hesitation, He said, we “will.” So, people like Jon inspire me, because he keeps on keeping on in spite of life’s troubles. And his grandparents inspire me, too, because they don’t complain and they aren’t angry. They have accepted this tragic event as something that life has given them for a reason, and they just keep on keeping on!

My challenge for you today is to do the same! Don’t be surprised when things go wrong….you are on planet Earth! But do turn to Jesus, because He promises that He has “overcome the world!” I