The specifics of the fire rush through John’s mind as he lays in agonizing pain as the doctors and nurses rush around him in the emergency room. He does not recognize his body. He feels desperately alone and then he hears his mom’s voice. She will make things better! She can fix this!
She pulls back the curtain and smiles at John. He begins to cry and asks her if he is going to die. He so wants to hear her say that she will take care of everything. But she says the most surprising thing that makes all the difference. She takes his hand gently and looks into his eyes and asks, “John, do you want to die? It’s your choice, not mine.” WHAT?!!! Is that what you say to a scared little boy in the ER?! John replied, “I do not want to die. I want to live.” His mother responds, “Then, John, you need to fight like you’ve never fought before. You need to take the hand of God, and you need to walk this journey with Him. Race forward with everything you have. Daddy and I will be with you every step of the way. But John, you listen to me: you need to fight for it.” YOU need to fight for it.
This was a moment in time that changed everything that followed. That day, when John was teetering on the edge of death, his mom courageously walked to the edge of the cliff with him. She pointed away from the cliff and to the mountain. It was huge and looked impossible to climb but she said that he could do it.
John should not have survived the fire. He was burned on 100% of his body and 87% were 3rd degree burns - deep through the skin, muscle, and even to the bone in some places. His scalp was the only place skin could be possibly removed for the donor skin. His lungs were damaged from smoke. This little boy expected to die is now abundantly alive, happily married with 4 children enjoying amazing lives.
John’s question to us is -“Do you want to die?”
“Your first choice you must make to ignite a radically inspired life is to own your life.”
Leave entitlement behind and realize that it is up to YOU to make the changes in your life!
Choose to own it! Choose life!!
Choosing Life with you!