Over the past couple of years I have been indirectly associated with a young man that is fighting serious medical problems. You will remember him from earlier blogs as Zack. His medical problems consist of an inoperable brain aneurism. Numerous medications have been used and medical procedures attempted to alleviate his pain and make his life more comfortable. Zack is a fighter. He know his prognosis is not good, but continues to be a blessing to every life he touches.
In spite of his medical problems, Zack has been able to go to school and is now in the 6th grade. Everyone from students to administrators continue to be amazed at his determination to make the best of his situation and enjoy life to the fullest. Needless to say, Zack has good days and bad days, but through every day he continues to demonstrate his love for Jesus, and his willingness to make his life a testimony of the gospel. You may remember from earlier blogs, Zack was asked which animal was his favorite. He replied, "The zebra, because he reminds me that the Bible teaches about Jesus, when it says, 'by his stripes we are healed.'"
Earlier this month, Zack was treated to a ride in a police car. That was an exciting time for him, as the police picked him up at school, did some driving around, and delivered him to his home. He talked about that for days.
Yesterday, Zack received another surprise for a ride home. His ride was with the Kerrville Fire Department, and you can imagine his excitement. Arriving at home, Zack was telling his mom about the ride and made the statement that firemen are very courageous. His mother said, "Yes, they are courageous, and so are you." Zack replied, "Courage is in the heart, where hope lives, and that helps us to be courageous."
That isn't a direct quote from the Bible, but there are some verses that come real close.
Hebrews 13:5-6 For He Himself has said, "I will never leave you nor forsake you." So we may boldly say: "The LORD is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?"
2 Timothy 1:7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.
1 Corinthians 16:13 Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong.
We owe Zack a lot, for giving us a great example of the way Christians are to be courageous. Shall we take his example and become people with the courage to take a stand for the gospel? Could we use a lesson in courage when it comes to telling others about Jesus? Do we have the courage to seek God's help for our courage to grow?
Thanks again Zack, for your faith and example for all of us. Please know we continue our prayers for you.