Kris had his defining moment out there for the world to see. We watched as the so called underdog knocked off the prodigy. He even had the big inspirational song, pyrotechnics, and confetti to boot. Now the season is over, his family back to rural america, and Kris and his very new bride are touring the planet. Sounds kind of cool. What a life changer.
On the very night that Kris had his defining moment, a young girl in our youth ministry had hers. She comes from a broken family that is far from functional. For some reason, I've just had a soft spot for this young lady, even though she has given me plenty or reasons not to. (including theft while on a trip) Shared my heart that night, and talked about depression, suicide and cutting. (http://accelerateyourlife.org/Download3.html) God was working in an amazing way that night. Several student who were contemplating suicide found hope, cutters found healing, the those struggling with depression found new meaning. It was a great night.
One of the unique features was that several kids wanted to talk, up close, one on one. This young lady was one. She began to talk about home and the issues there, and about being expelled from school. (mixing in a few colorful adjectives along the way) At that moment I saw that young lady sitting in a wreck home, fatherless children, drugs and alcohol running rampant. Then a second image appeared, and it was her, with a loving husband, beautiful kids, and she was speaking to other students. I shared that with her, prayed, and let her know that I really believed in her and we were going to see her through it. She looked up at me, with tears in her eyes and said, "I wish you were my dad." Now I am sure that you have already jumped ahead to say this was her defining moment, but you would only be half right. It was mine as well,