Tuesday, November 24, 2015

The Choice of Leaning In

My husband said it often, especially in his final months. 

“Lean hard into Jesus.”

I watched him live this out right before my very eyes, the choosing where to lean hard.

He was physically miserable.  The cancerous tumor had literally eaten through his face, pain was a constant, and he hadn’t possessed the ability to swallow even his own saliva for well over an entire year. 

He could have been bitter. 
He could have been hateful to me as his primary caregiver.
He could have lost his sense of humor.

I’m pretty sure if our roles had been reversed, I would have done all of the above plus more!

He did not. 

He would have so easily been excused by this world if he had chosen to lean as far away from God during his unfair and ugly cancer battle.  So very easily excused;
“Justified”, some might say.
“Expected”, others might offer. 

But he did not lean into sin. 
He did not lean into self-pity.
He did not lean into the lies of this world or the one who spreads them.  


And in doing so, his legacy was magnified into an incredible story of dependence on Christ. 

He chose to live for Jesus instead of living for himself.

He led our family by example.  During the most difficult journey imaginable for him, he led with dignity and wisdom and he LEANED INTO JESUS.

This Thanksgiving holiday, I am beyond grateful for a husband who showed me not only how to lean in, but WHOM to lean into.

2 Corinthians 5:15 “And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.”

1 comment:

  1. Dear Lori ~ What a wonderful tribute to your husband and his strong faith, that keeps guiding you even now that he's in heaven with Jesus.

    Thank you for sharing this bit of encouragement. I need to lean more into Jesus.

    Love, hugs and prayers for you this Thanksgiving ~ FlowerLady