refined.by.fire

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I was privileged to watch an incredible documentary yesterday. PJ Kellog, a young marine, heard the story of a fallen soldier who left a grieving young wife and baby boy behind. Impassioned by the story, PJ decided to raise scholarship money for the young child by undertaking a 50-mile charity run. Yes, that’s 50 miles, not kilometers. Roughly equivalent to two marathon runs.

You can learn more about the story and see a trailer for the documentary movie here.

As I watched the story of PJ’s arduous and painful journey, I was reminded of two things.

First, that we live in an imperfect world, a broken creation, through which we trek – often in struggle.

Second, I was reminded of Jesus Christ’s arduous & painful struggle on the cross.

6In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 7These have come so that your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. (1 Peter 1:6-7)

PJ makes a statement in the movie that caused my heart to overflow with love for Jesus. Paraphrased, he said, “it was a tough and hilly route, and I was not happy about it – at first. As the route unfolded, I knew that I was going to be put to the limit. When I cross that finish line later, I know that it will require my all – nothing would be left. And I was glad for that.”

Sure, life can be very hard. But looking back, I am thankful for the trials. I am thankful for the hard lessons. I am thankful that God runs with me. I am thankful for what He did in me.

I may not always be ready to say this, but at this moment, I am thankful for the hills ahead and the transformation God will accomplish through them.

14 thoughts on “refined.by.fire”

  1. Awesome story.

    Looking back I am glad for the trials (hills) that God has brought me through. I know there is bound to be more…and there will be times when I forget to be thankful for them…but in the end, I hope that is glorified every day as I struggle up hills and coast down the backside.

    1. yes, I am sure I’ll grip when the hills come – in the film, there was a moment when PJ seemed ready to quit – but the “cause” propelled him. The “Cause” can propel us too.

  2. That’s an awesome story! May my heart be this large for the Kingdom and for my King!

    He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. ~ Isaiah 53:7

    1. It’s a local film, not nationally distributed (yet LOL) – but very soon they are going to put DVD’s on order (I think for $10) proceeds going to the Izzy’s child’s college fund.

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