Thu, Sep 4, 2014 11:17 AM
You’ve probably seen the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on your social media feeds over the last few weeks. Participants are challenged by family and friends to donate to the ALS Association and post a video of themselves pouring a bucket of ice water over their heads. People all over the world have joined in, including celebrities like Justin Timberlake and Ellen DeGeneres. I even participated in the challenge —and yes, I nominated Celine Dion.
Our North Point Service Programming team was discussing the challenge last week, when our conversation took a hard right turn. Our campus pastor, Joel Thomas, mentioned an attendee of our church who had been battling ALS. As we listened to Joel tell Steve Dezember’s story about his journey with Christ, we were deeply moved. Steve’s story is an incredible example of what it means to trust God “in the meantime.” We knew that if people heard it, they would be inspired as well.
Steve and his wife, Hope, usually watch North Point Online during the week. However, they were able to attend church with us this past Sunday. Hope wrote a powerful blog entry about their experience being here for the service.
So, while I appreciate the Ice Bucket Challenge as a lighthearted way to raise awareness for ALS, I am especially grateful for the inside look at the realities that people with this disease face every day. Steve Dezember has reminded me that although our circumstances may turn our worlds upside down, that does not equate to being discontent. In fact, we become even more alive in Christ in our own weaknesses.
“Knowing how to truly be content no matter what life throws your way, while striving to continue to be your best is, in my mind, the key to a peaceful and fulfilled life.” —Hope Dezember
North Point Online Producer