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Defining Moments

John 8:1-12; Luke 7:1-17 & 36-50; Luke 10:38-42

There are defining moments in all of our lives that help shape the rest of our lives. I'll never forget one of my son Joshua's defining
moments. Josh was in 2nd grade at the time. He had recently begun taking clarinet lessons because the little guy desired to play a
saxophone. He was quite small for his age, though, so we compromised on a clarinet for the time being. (Remember, most schools
don't start band until 5th or 6th grade.) Two years earlier, he had been diagnosed with Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder
(ADHD). Though, for the most part, he seemed bright and well-behaved, he talked almost constantly and moved around quite a bit. As
well, he was dyslexic, and struggled very much with reading, writing, and spelling. But, he enjoyed his weekly clarinet lessons, and
paid close attention to his instructor.
One Sunday evening, our church had a concert with a professional harpist, Greg Buchanan. I'm not even sure exactly why we
decided to attend this special service, because neither my husband, nor I were interested in harp music at that time. Perhaps, we had
just forgotten Greg was coming. Nonetheless, we went with our small sons in tote. To say the least, we were delighted with Mr.
Buchanan's skills, and his electric harp. He did amazing things on that harp. Josh listened intently -- especially when Greg gave his
testimony. Greg, too, had been diagnosed with ADHD. But, he told of the way God had transformed his life and had given him this
wonderful ministry we were witness to. The concert went just a little long for Greg, since he had a plane to catch. So, after the concert,
he busily packed up his gear. Yet, Tom took the chance of bringing our little Joshua up to him. Josh wanted very much to meet this
adult who had the same "condition" he had.
After Tom thanked Greg and introduced himself and Josh, Josh looked up at Greg and exclaimed, "I want to play the saxophone,
and I have ADHD, too!"
At that moment, Greg put down his gear, dropped to his knees next to Josh, and said, "Josh, you and I are wired different. I couldn't
do what I do on the harp if I wasn't hyperactive. Don't let anyone tell you that you have a disability. You have a gift from God. You
learn to play the sax and you work on it. It may be hard at first for you, but when you learn it, you'll be able to do things that nobody
else can."
Though we had often reminded Josh he wasn't handicapped, but had a gift, Josh knew at that moment not only that, but that he was
unique and special, and that God wanted to use him and his love for music in a special way.
Josh is 21 now, and he continues to love music ... remaining focused on his passion. Rarely anyone would ever know now that he
was once diagnosed as hyperactive. He plays saxophone and guitar, and a little keyboard. He hopes to someday direct a high school
marching band and work with youth -- making a difference in their lives for Christ.
What have your defining moments been? Has God used someone in your life to help define you -- your thoughts, attitudes, life --
helped you with the rest of your life? Have you ever played a part in someone else's defining moment? During His time on earth,
Christ was the Definer of many lives. He now often uses us in His task of defining lives.

That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory,

to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;
That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith;
that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,
May be able to comprehend with all saints
what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;
And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge,
that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.
Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think,
according to the power that worketh in us,
Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages,
world without end. Amen.
I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord,
beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called,
Ephesians 3:16-4:1

~Michelle Pearson, 1 Sept 2003, revised 2006