Bitter Or Better?
Get rid of all bitterness (Ephesians 4:31).
One day at our former Arrowhead Springs headquarters and retreat center, I wept with a wonderful couple who loved the Lord Jesus Christ.
They had come to Arrowhead Springs for the Executive Seminar with their sharp little 13-year-old son, Danny. The young man was vibrant, robust of health and in love with Jesus. He was a very attractive, radiant young man. He sat with his parents at the breakfast table with Vonette and me and we were all praising and rejoicing together.
Following breakfast and during our meetings, word came that some young boy had been injured in a roller blade accident while traveling down one of the slopes at Arrowhead Springs. Then we quickly learned, to our sorrow, horror and heartache that it was this same young lad, Danny. In the accident he had severed his spinal cord, and at the time was still breathing. But he died in the hospital some hours later.
You can imagine the grief, the shock, the drama, the heartache, and the sorrow. But as the hours and the days passed, the family -- the father, mother, and two older sisters -- have recaptured this wonderful, wonderful promise and are now rejoicing in the Lord and giving praise to Him that Romans 8:28 is still true. In the process that experience has drawn them not only closer to Christ, but has helped them to mature in those qualities that will enable them to conform more and more to His image. This family is a great inspiration to me.
Heartache, sorrow and tragedy sometimes come to all of us in this fallen world. We can either accept it and receive His grace on our behalf and become better, or as Danny's father said, we can become bitter.
We must choose to become better instead of bitter, and be conformed more to the image of Christ. It may not always be easy, but as God's people, that is what we are called to do.
Yours for fulfilling the Great Commission each year until our Lord returns,
The late Dr. Bill Bright was Founder and President/Chairman Emeritus of Campus Crusade for Christ, an organization which began as a campus ministry in 1951 and now has more than 27,000 full-time staff and up to 500,000 trained volunteer staff in 196 countries in areas representing 99.6 percent of the world's population. In the past 50 years, Campus Crusade for Christ has seen approximately 6 billion exposures to the gospel worldwide. The film, "JESUS," which Bright conceived and funded through Campus Crusade for Christ, is the most widely translated and viewed film of any type ever produced. Since its use began in 1980, the film has been translated into 839 languages and viewed or listened to by over 5.7 billion people in 228 countries. Dr. Bright was also the author of more than fifty books. Visit campuscrusade.com for more details
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