Tonight John was reading a Georgia magazine. He was really quiet and intense as he read. I looked at him and kind of chuckled because John’s not a “reader” in the sense that he doesn’t like to read books, but he sure was into that magazine about the Bulldogs. He said to me, “This is speaking right to me, and I’m serious.” After he finished reading it he handed it to me. By the end of me reading it I was crying.
This is a perfect example of the hope we have in the Lord when we face trials. This young man, Justin John, saw his life through the eyes of the Lord, and he surrendered to that life God had given him with the understanding that it was for one purpose and one purpose only – to glorify Him. Through glorifying his Father, others saw Jesus through Justin John. And others came to know Him.
It is hard to wrap our minds around the fact that God is not primarily concerned with our happiness. He is primarily concerned with our relationship with Him. Because He loves us so much He doesn’t keep us in our perfect, painless, lives full of gratification and happiness. Instead He takes us far away from them so that we can grow, become stronger, and transform into the disciples He has called us to be. God knows the perfect way to do that, and sometimes it comes in a form of unrelentless emotional and physical pain. Our hope is not in the things of this world, but in our eternal life in heaven. “Because I am righteous, I will see you. When I awake, I will see you face to face and be satisfied.” Psalm 17:15 “Whom have I in heaven but you? I desire you more than anything on earth.” Psalm 73:25 Justin John understood this truth and lived it so that others could learn it too.
Tonight is a hard night for John. He is tired, uncomfortable, and in some pain. I thank God for speaking him tonight through this story. My prayer is that we can see our lives and our situation like Justin John saw his – through the eyes of Christ – and that He will constantly be glorified through it. I pray that people will hear our story, experience it with us, and come to know their Heavenly Father who loves them so much and is just reaching out for them to come to Him.
“I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead.” Philippians 3:10-11
Justin John: A Legacy of Faith and Determination
Former Georgia linebacker Rennie Curran, who was a third-round pick of the Tennessee Titans in 2010, wore a “PUSH” bracelet after meeting Justin in 2009. (Icon SMI)
By Lyn Scarbrough
Justin John’s leg had been giving him trouble.