The defining moment of your story?

Gerald Sittser was a professor at Whitworth University who was in a horrible car crash. He was hit by a drunk driver.

Amazingly he walked out of the car with no major injuries. But he wasn’t the only one in his car.

His mother was in the car, but didn’t walk out. She was killed.

His wife was in the car, but didn’t walk out. She was killed.

And his daughter was in the car, but didn’t walk out. She was killed.

Three generations! I can’t imagine how difficult that would have been. And I hope I never have to.

Gerald obviously struggled with this gut-wrenching experience. Eventually, he wrote down many of his thoughts in a book called A Grace Disguised. Here is something he penned, a kind of perspective-shifting idea that he wanted to share with others:

The experience of loss does not need to be the defining moment of our story.

It was true for him. And it’s true for you too.

Life’s pains can’t be minimized. Nor should they be. But they don’t define us. Followers of Christ always live, move and breath under the banner of victory—a victory won through the cross and empty tomb. A victory over death, darkness, evil, sin and even Satan himself.

In Romans 15:13 Paul writes, “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.”

Our God is the God of hope. And so Paul’s prayer for the Romans is also my prayer for you: May our God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit, no matter what you have gone through, you may abound in hope. 

Hope is punched and kicked. But she does not stay down. She is incapable of defeat. She steadies the flag, pushes her way through the naysayers, and stands firm on the mountain of victory, glowing in strength and inviting others to herself.

The experience of loss does not need to be the defining moment of our story.

By Matthew Ruttan 

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