(I've been thinking about this for a while)
I've said it before, but it has been simply amazing to watch and read and hear and see the way that God is using our story to work in the lives of others. I would never have imagined that our journey over the past several months could help restore relationships, bring healing to broken hearts, and move people closer to a God they either have turned away from or have never really known at all.
But, I've been thinking...
What if the next time you check this blog you read that something horrible has happened to one or both of my girls?
What if, someday soon, you had to go through something similar in your own life?
What if something happens to my girls and I decide to turn my back on God and everyone who has helped us so far?
Or, what if I were to tell you that everything you've read on our blog was a lie...something I made up just because I'm really a jerk?
Hopefully, none of those things are going to happen (I can promise you that the last one won't), but what if they did? Those of you who write that your lives have been changed somehow...what would happen to you if our story took an unexpected and undesirable turn?
Would I feel cheated?
Would we want to go back to the way we were before we were given an opportunity to be a part of this story?
Would you start praying less? Start hugging your family less? Believing less?
I wonder about these things for you, because I wonder about them for myself (see This Related Post).
It's so easy to experience a quick positive change in attitude or thinking or action or living when we're given something amazingly real to witness and be a part of. And, from experience, it's even easier to have a negative change when we're presented with something really awful. It's so much easier to continue on with or go back to living a comfortable life than it is to step out and move ourselves (or allow ourselves to be moved) toward something we know could be both uncomfortable and good.
But, real, positive change is hard.
Sticking with it when life returns to normal is even harder.