I must be honest....Luke and I also talked about how when we look at "Our Story" vs "The Big Story" our thoughts bring us to wondering why Ryan's life had to be used to wake people up. I don't think you will be surprised that our thoughts take us there. I shared with Luke that today these thoughts reminded me of how Mary, Jesus' mother must have felt. I am in no way comparing Ryan to Jesus, but rather comparing how two mothers lost a son for the good of others. And that is truly what I believe. Ryan's death has brought good to others. Let me share some of "The Bigger Story";
- New families coming to church because they attended Ryan's funeral
- Hearts turned toward God
- Bible Studies starting up
- Mentoring relationships started
- Re commitments to God
- Eyes opened to a life of hope and faith
- More to come.............
So what really grips our hearts is "The Bigger Story" because this is what we know Ryan is dancing in heaven about. When stories are shared I can almost hear the little tinkle of a bell like in the movie, 'It Is A Wonderful Life' when an angel got its wings. Every time there is a tinkle I can see Ryan giving Jesus a high five and doing a happy dance. I KNOW that he is more than happy to be the sacrifice in order for lives to be changed, hope to be found and faith to be strengthened. That was the passion of his life on earth and the joy of his heart in heaven.