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A-L-S Three Defining Letters

Jessa Ordile

My daughter wrote a poem last week in school with me in mind!

A-L-S - Three defining letters

Do they stop you from

what you could do?

what you would do?

what you should do?

what you want to do?

Do they stop you from where you could go ?

where you would go?

where you should go?

where you want to go?

Do they stop you from

who you could be?

who you would be?

who you should be?

who you want to be?

These three defining letters


Jessa is asking me if I will allow ALS to stop me. She is watching how I will respond when life presents challenges. To be honest this scares me!

Ecclesiastes is a solemn book for me to read. Solomon was so disillusioned with life and death. His father, King David, had lived a life of great intimacy with the LORD. Solomon, however, had asked for wisdom and yet failed to enjoy his opportunity to live for the LORD, He was angry that he could not avoid death. To Solomon life was worthless and empty. He was not able to understand the REAL importance of his existence.

In sharp contrast I love the book of Philippians. Even though Paul was writing from prison he was content, on a mission, and living fully for the LORD. He was actually torn between living and dying! For Paul living was to encourage others and dying, even better, he would be with Christ. A win win situation no matter what happened! He knew that the Lord was worthy of all that he could give.

When Joe and Jessa were babies I asked Lou what passage I should read to them at breakfast every morning. I knew that they would not be able to understand what I was saying but believed the verses would have an impact. ROMANS 12 was what Lou wisely told me to share. Today, Jessa is watching to see if the first two verses are important.

Romans 12:1-2 Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.

Will I be a LIVING sacrifice? Will I worship the ONE I love with my life? My children, like Solomon, are looking to see if life is more than living for pleasure, fame, comfort, and self. Will God be BiGGER than the hard times and always the GREATEST GOOD? I want my life to tell them YES!


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