Posts Tagged ‘perseverence’


“They replied at once, ‘Yes, let’s rebuild the wall!’So they began the good work.” ‭‭(Nehemiah‬ ‭2:18‬ ‭NLT‬‬)

In 2003, Austin Hatch and his dad walked away from a 2003 plane crash that killed his mother, 11-year-old sister and 5-year-old brother. Then in 2011, Hatch experienced a sickening case of déjà vu. His dad was flying the family to its Michigan summer house in June 2011, when the small, single-engine plane plummeted nose-first into a garage along a residential street north of Charlevoix Municipal Airport, killing Hatch’s father and stepmother and critically injuring him.

It would be easy to quit life at this point, but not Hatch. He had signed a basketball scholarship with the University of Michigan prior to the accident, and was determined to use it. After a two month coma and two years of rehabilitation, Hatch got to briefly realize his dream: playing basketball for the Michigan Wolverines in the spring of 2015! He had fought back from the bottom to reclaim his life!

Just as Nehemiah helped his people to rebuild Jerusalem from utter ruin, so did Austin Hatch. And so can you! Life was never meant to be easy and rebuilding can be tougher, but God will help you put the pieces back together again. Just try! You are loved today!


I have given you an example to follow. Do as I have done to you.'” (‭John‬ ‭13‬:‭15‬ NLT)

Robert Griffin III, also known as RGIII, is quite the role model, especially to military kids. Before winning the Heisman trophy at Baylor University and becoming the starting quarterback for the Washington Redskins, Robert was an Army brat: Mom served for 12 years while Dad served for 21 and fought in two conflicts. During moves all over the world, Robert learned discipline, strength, and football. His ability to overcome obstacles to a good life has inspired many other military kids.

The Christ Life is about following the paths that Jesus laid out for us. By encountering great triumphs, horrible setbacks, closeness with the Father, and abandonment of His friends, we learn a lot, both how to react and how to press on. As Jesus blazed the trail, He left behind a way of living that requires focused discipline but leads to amazing blessings!

No matter where you’re at or what you’ve already been through, there is always an onramp to the Christ Life path. If it were easy, everyone would be doing it. And if it were wrong, it wouldn’t have lasted this long! Find your way, like RGIII, past the obstacles of life towards a better way. You are loved today!