The picture made me cry. In preparation for hosting a dinner party, I was sorting through the ever-growing mound of mail. I was tossing most of the envelops, but opened one from an organization we’d supported in the past. There, on the front of their newsletter, was one of the most tragic, yet beautiful, pictures I can remember seeing.
Sitting in a chair that had been placed right in the shallow water, was a man fishing. At first, it all looked pretty normal. However, I soon realized that the man had no legs or left hand. He was holding the pole in the only appendage he had left. The picture captivated me, so I read more about him. The man was Carlos Evans, a 31 year-old Marine, who was leading his squad on a foot patrol in Afghanistan, when he stepped on a land mine.
From May 17, 2010 forward, his life was irrevocably changed. As I looked at his picture and read his story, I realized that while he lost his legs and hand, he very much remains a complete, whole man. His heart and his mind remain intact, and with them he continues to love and serve His God. In looking back on that day, and his journey since, Evans says, “This (bomb) was intended to destroy me and it almost did, but today I am stronger by the love of God…”
Today, Evans preaches the gospel of Christ around the world in schools, hospitals, and prisons. And to think I was complaining about having to clean my house when I came upon his story.
What makes a person “whole?” Is it not to love and serve the Lord with all of our heart, mind, soul, and strength? Nowhere does Scripture place emphasis on our physical attributes. Offer to Him all that you are. –Dave
“YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR STRENGTH, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND; AND YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.” (Luke 10:27)
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