Forged by adversity

Forged by adversity

We all deal with adversity...its a part of life...and its what makes me long for home.  It just seems like the more adversity is there, the more we have to cling to God.  I got to hear one of my all-time favorite communicators last week at Catalyst, Louie Giglio.  I first encountered Louie at Baylor where he led a Bible study I went to called Choice (ok so there were about 4000 other people at this Bible study but still).  He referenced a story I had forgotten...a story about friendship forged by adversity.

When Louie was in the 6th grade he went to his first youth camp.  Thats probably a pretty big deal because Louie has probably spoken at thousands of camps since.  At any rate, at the camp Louie found himself to be the smallest kid there...and he was pretty intimidated.  At some point, a massive shaving cream fight broke out and high school kids were going slap nuts.  As he recounts the story, Louie panicked and did the first thing that came to mind; he dove under a bunk looking for cover.  As he landed under the bunk, he looked over and realized there was another little kid already under there, a kid who also had eyes as big as saucers...a kid who was scared to death.  As Louie says laughingly "from that adversity a friendship was forged", a best friend for life.  That is how Louie Giglio met Andy Stanley.  

A sweet story for sure.  As I deal with the adversity of life, I'm looking for the lessons God is going to teach.  He's my best friend and I know He's always there.

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1. CC wrote:
Adversity is what has forged my closer relationship with our God. He never promised that it would be easy, only that it would be worth it.

Tue, May 7, 2013 @ 6:00 AM

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