PASTOR'S PEN: Injured body, excellent attitude

One name that you hear quite a bit at an Evart football game will likely be absent for a few weeks this season. This past Friday night, Trevin Ladd was in a car accident where he was told that he blacked out and flipped his vehicle along with his girlfriend in the car. His girlfriend was bruised up. Trevin was knocked out and experienced a concussion, quite possibly his second of the night. As of this writing, doctors had informed the 11th grade varsity quarterback that he could be out of football for up to four weeks. For those who don’t understand, that means Trevin could very well miss half of the regular season games. Having only two years left in his high school career, he will be missing quite a bit of playing time.

With such an analysis many players would be devastated, but Trevin has a much different attitude, one that is an encouragement to any of us going through an unforeseen difficulty: Trevin is thankful. When I chatted with Trevin he had this response to his circumstance, “God is good all the time. I’m so thankful to serve a living God.” Trevin, though perhaps disappointed, wasn’t angry with God. He seemed to be looking ahead to where God would steer his life.

And he has plenty of support as well. He told me that the only thing he remembers after the crash was his girlfriend smacking him and saying his favorite Bible verse. (Sometimes I know I need a good smack and a Bible verse!) What was the verse? Philippians 4:13, which says, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” That’s a perfect verse for the situation. Paul in that passage is speaking about attitude. Whether we’re going through great and joyful times or disappointing and tumultuous ones, Paul tells us we can trust God to give us the strength to go through them. He is definitely doing that for Trevin. God is working in Trevin’s life, giving him strength for a victorious attitude.

Trevin told me he has one other favorite Bible verse that shows why he can trust God. It’s Romans 8:1: “And if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, He who raised Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of His Spirit who lives in you.”

Are you going through a rough road in life? Trust in an all-powerful God and, like Trevin, you can be thankful you have the opportunity to serve Him.

* Story used with permission from Trevin Ladd