YES. Over and Over! Because I want to pay attention to and reward upstairs thinking of myself and others. I want to be whole brained too:) Great advice and very practical applications. Loved all the examples:)
Yes! The story of Jesus is throughout all of the Bible. Each story points towards him. Great navigation system:)
Absolutely! A whole new perspective of the older brother and how much like one of the brothers each of us are. The only true older brother is Jesus. He gives lovingly and unselfishly. Nothing was taken from him but everything was given out of love, mercy and abundant grace.
My heart hurt for him and his loss of innocence at such an early age but I love how God loved him so much that he asked him to forgive him for so many of the let downs. Thinking God will go to great lengths to reconcile himself to us. e.g Jesus allowed himself to be sacrificed for us and the father of the prodigal son ran to greet him. God definitely moves in mysterious ways. He gives us wake up calls and puts the right people in our life at just the right time as he did for Ian. Breathtaking1
How he was open to God even at his lowest points when he thought he had turned away. The rope held and he returned to the one who continually sought him out with abundant mercy and grace.
No. But I love the inflection he uses and the way he tells the story.
Yes. Quite a few. 1,) When his dad repeatedly let him down and didn't interact with him causing heartbreak. 2.) When his friends lovingly confronted him regarding his own alcoholism. 3.) When the lady told him who the voice was he had heard. 4.) How he remembers his mom. "When traveling through darkness and going through a tough time throw up your hands like you are riding a roller coaster and laugh /scream with joy until you come out on the other side. "5.) There is a difference between jumping and falling:) I think one involves fear and one does not. What a great lesson to teach your kids and remember yourself! 6.) He wanted to keep Jesus in his pocket and discovered that Jesus could swim. 7.) Forgiveness of all.
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