My writing clearly carries a Christian tone. That for me can be a challenge, as my faith is messy and sometimes complicated. But at this moment it's not about me, or for that matter, any other individuals in the running club. We're here to care for, pray for, and encourage Jay in his mighty journey forward.
I thought I knew Jay, but I didn't. He's a lot better than I might have comprehended. When life is tough, this guy gets going. There's much to learn from Jay's example. I have correlated his actions with a few verses:
I will extol the LORD at all times; his praise will always be on my lips.
1 Thessalonians 5:18
Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
I can't know how Jay views each minute, hour and day. But what he shares is as a vessel to the Lord. It's big, it's at times overwhelming. But hiss message remains clear, that somewhere in this mess, God has a path and plan.
Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her
Christ love, agape love, is about all others over self. Jay shows that sort of love for his wife, Lisa. The sincerity and commitment shines through. Respect.
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who[a] have been called according to his purpose.
This one is a tough pull for me, but Jay doesn't seem to have any problem at all. He professes the upside in what could be a dark situation.
In all of this, I ponder, "If Jay can do it, how can I?" Maybe God gave Jay a pulpit to preach from through this ordeal. He has shown time and again he's a class act. I am thankful to know him and call him my friend.