To Save A Life

Have you ever heard that song by The Fray “How to Save a Life”? It pops on to various radio stations every now and then. If you haven’t I invite you to listen to this link. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qw0wRfHjF5M

The artist and lead singer, Isaac Slade has spoken several times about his inspiration for the song. As it turns out, he wrote it after being on a mission trip of sorts.

Next week I will join 14 other youth and adults from God’s Grace on a mission trip to the Navajo reservation in Fort Defiance, AZ. This will be the third Mission Trip I’ve gone on and, I have to say, I’m really looking forward to.

I remember the first Mission Trip I went on. It was over Spring Break when I was in eighth grade. My whole family had been invited to join the high school group in going to Booneville, MS. Going in, I had kind of this preconceived notion about what was supposed to happen on this trip. I saw it as me going in to help other people and that their world would be changed by what I did. I can tell you now, almost four years later, I was wrong.

The second mission trip I went on was about four months later with The Firm. We were going to go to Grand Junction, here in Colorado. While I’d been confirmed a few months earlier and my perspective on my faith had changed quite a bit since Booneville, my perspective on mission trips had remained pretty much the same. I was going to save them.

On that trip to Grand Junction, I road in the passenger seat of the 15 passenger van we rented. On the drive there and back I had the opportunity to talk to one of my mentors who has played a huge role in shaping my faith and relationship with God. I remember telling her about how we, middle school kids from Highlands Ranch, CO., were going to save the good people of Grand Junction. And to this day, I will never forget how she responded. She said that “People, don’t save people. God saves people. All we can do is love them.

People don’t save people. All we can do is love them.

The song, “How to Save a Life” was written after lead singer Isaac Slade went on a weekend retreat with a group from Denver to Shelterwood, a program for teens that were getting caught up in risky behavior and on the brink of going to jail. During this time, Slade was paired up with one particular teen. This 17 year old, like the others, had made some bad choices. He said that volunteers, staff, family, and friends all tried to reach out to this kid. They would tell him “This is wrong” “You have to stop” “If you don’t stop this will happen to you.”

Slade was both moved, surprised, and frustrated by the experience. He said in an interview that the kid he was working with was “just 17 and had all these problems. And no one could write a manual on how to save him.” Slade has explained that the verses of “How to Save a Life” recount an adult trying to help this troubled teen and the chorus describes how the singer has lost a friend, simply because he didn’t know what to do to save him. In a sense the song tries to outline a manual on how to save to a life.

Unfortunately, there is no such manual. All we can do is love people.

And we go on Mission Trips to try and learn how to do that. Many people go on these trips like I did, thinking that you have to make some big impact on the community in order for the trip to be worthwhile; that you have to come back with some great story to tell of what you did and how it helped. But that is all wrong. The impact isn’t made on the community; it’s made on you, the missionary. We don’t go on Mission trips to change the world, we go to be changed. We go to learn how to love people; to learn what it means to love our neighbor as God has loved us (John 13:34).

When people get away from everything they know, everything they’re comfortable with, everything they’re expected to be, most people do tend to change. They start to become this warm fuzzy person who will do just about anything without complaint, they link arms and sing with friends and strangers, all the while certain that they are never going back to being the person they were.

And mission trips are great, but they’re easy. Because when people return back home they find themselves back with the things and people they know, they get back in their comfort zones, they re-conform to being what they’re supposed to be. And all that “warm fuzzy Christian stuff” goes away.

So the ultimate challenge is pretty clear. We live in a broken world and harsh reality. We live in a world where both adults and teenagers feel the fear. We live in a world where both adults and teenagers don’t get what is going on. We live in a world where both adults and teenagers take their own lives to escape the stress of this world.

We live in a world that needs to be saved.

But it’s hard to keep that kind of warm fuzzy Christian love going. In reality, it’s probably impossible. But as Paul tells us in Philippians 4:13 “We can do all things though Christ who strengthens us.” Perhaps the best way to love more, is to pray more; to call on God to give us the strength to show His love. Because the reality is, our love just isn’t good enough. But his love is perfect, unconditional, and just what it takes to save a life.

Zach Herzog

3 comments (Add your own)

1. Harolddof wrote:

Wed, March 22, 2017 @ 11:01 PM

2. VoneTymn wrote:
Hello. And Bye.

Wed, June 13, 2018 @ 12:20 PM

3. DanielCleds wrote:
I am really impressed with your writing skills and also with the layout on your weblog. Is this a paid theme or did you customize it yourself? Either way keep up the excellent quality writing, it's rare to see a great blog like this one these days.



discount effexor
celexa 20 mg low price
order lexapro
buy celebrex online
buy generic propecia 1 mg
avandia low price
avandia 8 mg cost
order levaquin online
altace price
paxil 20 mg cost
effexor 75 mg low price
buy celexa
purchase lexapro
buy celebrex 200 mg
propecia 1 mg price
avandia 4 mg cost
avandia 8 mg price
discount levaquin
buy Venlafaxine
acheter au rabais Effexor
Effexor preiswert
comprare pillole online Venlafaxine
barato Venlafaxine
purchase Clomiphene
achat Clomid en ligne
Clomid preis online
Clomid medica farmaci
barato Clomid
order Lovastatin online
commande mevacor
kaufen billige Lovastatin
mevacor prezzo online
mevacor comprimidos online
Cytotec price
Misoprostol pilules en ligne
kaufen apotheke Cytotec
Cytotec basso prezzo
Cytotec pastillas online
buy Venlafaxine
acheter Effexor en ligne
billige Effexor
ordine Effexor online
comprar Venlafaxine
order zovirax online
acheter au rabais Acyclovir
Acyclovir preiswert
comprare Acyclovir online
comprar Acyclovir online
order zithromax online
au rabais Azithromycin
kaufen apotheke zithromax
ordine Azithromycin online
Azithromycin pastillas online
order buspar online
au rabais buspar
buspar pillen apotheke online
farmaci online Buspirone
comprar genérico Buspirone
buy celebrex
commande celebrex
kaufen celebrex online
Celecoxib prezzo online
barato Celecoxib
buy discount Cephalexin
pharmacie acheter keflex
keflex preis online
Cephalexin basso prezzo
comprar descuento keflex
buy discount Citalopram
celexa bas prix
bestellen Citalopram online
comprare celexa online
comprar descuento celexa
buy Doxycycline
commande Doxycycline
bestellen medikamente Doxycycline
comprare Doxycycline
comprar Doxycycline online
order Estradiol online
estrace bas prix
bestellen estrace
barato Estradiol
estrace basso prezzo
buy discount Letrozole
commande femara
bestellen medikamente Letrozole
femara medica farmaci
orden Letrozole online
buy Montelukast online
pharmacie acheter Montelukast
billige singulair
ordine Montelukast
comprar genérico singulair
order tamoxifen online
tamoxifen pilules en ligne
billige tamoxifen
comprare generico tamoxifen
comprar nolvadex
buy valtrex online
pharmacie acheter valtrex
kaufen billige valacyclovir
valacyclovir prezzo online
farmacia online valacyclovir
discount Minocycline
order Cytotec
acheter générique Misoprostol
bestellen medikamente Cytotec
comprare pillole online Cytotec
barato Cytotec
order Venlafaxine online
acheter générique Venlafaxine
kaufen apotheke Venlafaxine
ordine Venlafaxine online
descuento Venlafaxine
order Misoprostol
acheter générique Misoprostol
billige Misoprostol
farmaci online Misoprostol
comprar descuento Cytotec
cheap effexor
cheap celexa
order lexapro online
celebrex cost
discount propecia
buy discount avandia
buy generic avandia 8 mg
levaquin 500 mg price
buy discount altace
order paxil
cheap effexor
celexa cost
buy discount lexapro
discount celebrex
propecia 1 mg price
buy generic avandia 4 mg
avandia 8 mg price
purchase levaquin

Thu, August 2, 2018 @ 10:50 PM

Add a New Comment


code
 

Comment Guidelines: No HTML is allowed. Off-topic or inappropriate comments will be edited or deleted. Thanks.