Tuesday September 11, 2018
1 Peter 2:11-12
11 Dear friends, I warn you as “temporary residents and foreigners” to keep away from worldly desires that wage war against your very souls. 12 Be careful to live properly among your unbelieving neighbors. Then even if they accuse you of doing wrong, they will see your honorable behavior, and they will give honor to God when he judges the world.
As I was roaming through the internet today 9/11 I found a story that linked quite perfectly to our scripture for the day. It’s about a former firefighter and army veteran who worked alongside the heroes of Sept. 11. His name is P.J. Schrantz. He said, “I’m trained to save people, but I couldn’t save my son.”
His son died at the age of seven after years of chemotherapy. He considered himself a Christian, but lost faith and went into darkness after the incident. He found himself sitting in a hotel room, beer in hand, cocaine stash in front, gun to head, and the curse of God on his lips.
He was driving one day and saw an ad for an Easter service for a church nearby and decided he would go. A question asked during the service caught his attention, “If you had thirty days left to live, how would you spend it?” People went on stage and began to answer, shopping, telling my kids I love them, etc. He didn’t think too much of it until a woman without hair came up and said, “I was just told I only have thirty days to live.” The answer hit him like a ton of bricks and his anger began to fade.
“I became a special needs teacher at my church,” he said. “That was how I honored my son.” I believe this is the definition of honorable behavior. A man who served his country in countless ways, who is now serving special needs children in honor of his son. Wow.
How can I live more honorably?
Who do I need to honor better?
Dear Lord, thank you for today. We use it as a time to reflect and remember the lives lost and the first responders who risked their life for others. May they be an example to us as we go through life to live with honor. Amen.
Have a great day!