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July 31, 2010

Session 6 | Day 7a

Sacrifice Worth Giving
Session 6 | Day 7a

It’s hard to know where to start with this blog post. To be honest, I didn’t think about it until ten minutes before I had to do it. Then I remembered, “Oh, yeah, I signed up to blog about Summit…maybe I should go do that before lights out.” So here I am, sitting on a couch with various students scattered across the room—some playing cards, some sitting and talking, others playing chess, even a guy with a “Porch Closed” sign on his chest—typing on a Mac computer, attempting to gather my thoughts.

Some use the analogy of trying to drink out of a fire hydrant to describe the Summit experience. I’d say that analogy falls quite short of the real experience. At any given moment, there will be so many thoughts buzzing through your brain that to attempt to catch one and examine it takes super-human speed and agility.

The topics covered so far have ranged from what it means to follow God, courtesy of Ryan Dobson, to homosexuality, covered by Mike Haley. In the words of Larry the Cucumber, “I laughed, I cried; it moved me, Bob.”

Today was by far the slowest day this week. After only four lectures this morning, we headed out to the park for five hours of sporty fun. There was volleyball, Ultimate Frisbee, basketball, even tennis. Some students napped, read, drew, or talked. Then we ate a barbecue dinner of hamburgers, hotdogs, and the inevitable potato salad before heading back for another lecture.

I saw on the schedule that Mike Haley was going to be speaking on homosexuality and didn’t think much of it. Having grown up in a “sheltered” homeschool family (thank God), I knew a grand total of one homosexual person, whom I met at community college. So obviously, the topic really wasn’t on my radar. Little did I know, I was in for the ride of my life.

Having struggled with homosexuality in the past, Mike told us the story of how God brought him to salvation and completely changed his life. I was interested, sure, but didn’t care too greatly. His talk was two hours long, and I was kind of drifting out of paying attention when he introduced the last thing he had to share at 9:45PM.

He introduced the story of a son who saw a 5K race and wanted to do it, so his dad trained with him and helped him to realize his dream. Then he wanted to do another race, and his dad trained with him and helped him to realize that dream. Lastly, he wanted to do an Ironman Triathlon. His dad said that there was only one problem: he didn’t know how to swim. But he would learn to swim and help his son to realize that dream. Then Mike played a video showing the father and son in the race.

Thirty seconds into the clip, the shocking realization hit me. It showed the dad pushing the son in a wheelchair and running, and I realized that the reason the dad needed to learn to swim was because he had to do it in order for his son to do the race.  The son had some sort of disability that prevented him from partaking in any sort of physical activity.

The video showed the dad swimming with his son in a raft, then biking with his son sitting on the front of a special bicycle made for that purpose, and then running the last leg of the triathlon with his son in his wheelchair. I cried for the entire movie, moved by the level of love and devotion that the father showed to his son.

The truth is that today, many parents would abort a baby if they found out that it would be born with a deformity, learning disability, or anything else “abnormal.”  It was so beautiful to me to see this picture of sacrifice on behalf of this man’s parents, who raised him and helped him and did everything in their power to aid him in achieving his dreams. I was moved and inspired to do my part to help others in their journeys.

It’s 10:50, and lights out is in 10 minutes, so I will leave you with this thought: in God’s eyes, no sacrifice is too great, no price is too high, to pay for His children. He paid the ultimate price for you, and He wants you to show His love to His children in like manner.

God bless!

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