Steve-O a 64 y.o. triathlete, ironman competitor, retired teacher, and coach. (touching many lives) He holds a dozen Kona Ironman World Championships and 7 consecutive USA Triathlon National Championship titles. He and his wife Roxie retired and moved to Florida so he can train at the National Training Center in Clermont.
Now 66 y.o. and almost completely bedridden from terminal brain cancer diagnosed in April of 2012. Shortly after his diagnosis Steve starts the “Racing for Steve-O” foundation to benefit kids with special needs. (again touching many more lives) Roxie is now unable to continue to care for Steve in their home. Their 3 children Sarah, Molly, and Aaron put out a plea for help to bring their father back home to South Bend through their local news station on Tuesday. (how many lives will this touch?) It was from this plea that we at Grace on Wings became a small part of making this happen.
Fast forward June, 2014…
That Thursday I was blessed to be in the office as my daughter Chelsea and I took several donations over the phone from generous family and friends of this family. (lives they had touched, who knows when?) Within about 36 hours the money was raised to bring Steve home. (God is sooo Good!!)
On Saturday our crew flew to Orlando to pick Steve and Roxie up at their home. Steve was dressed and ready, with the help of his son Aaron we placed him on the cot and headed to the airport. Once aboard Nellie we had a smooth flight. As Steve rested Matt and I learned a lot about this family from Roxie. (I must say it is always a highlight for me to hear about the lives of other people)
As we landed in South Bend both Sarah and Molly (who are both nurses) were waiting on benches with their families. As soon as we had Steve out of the plane they both rushed over to greet him with kisses and “happy father’s day” wishes as tears streamed down their cheeks.(This especially touched my heart as I lost my own father 9 years ago when he was just 66 y.o.)
We then took Steve and Roxie on to a very nice facility to his new room# 316. It was here that we ended our time with them in prayer. (whose life might we be touching?) As Matt and I traveled back to the plane via ambulance the 2 EMT’s Anthony and Joe (touching many lives through their work) were very interested in what we do and why.
This gave us an opportunity to share with them that our mission through Grace on Wings is to show Christ’s love. It was then that Joe pointed out that is was no coincidence that Steve’s new room number was 316 in reference to John 3:16. (another God sighting)
You see it is all about relationships. None of us knows who or how many lives we may touch anymore than we know how many days God will allow us here on earth. We often think we are only interacting with that person directly in front of us but there are so many others around listening and watching. It is not just our words they may hear, if they hear them at all but also our actions and our response.
We as Christians must be the example in all circumstances to those we are in contact with whether directly or indirectly. No we are definitely not perfect but we do have Jesus and we need to share Him with those who do not know Him. A faith worth having is a faith worth sharing. Our time here is short and we represent Christ.
I ask you today to “put on Jesus” just as you put your clothes on this morning. “Wear Him” so you will be equipped for whatever people or situation you will face today. I urge you if you do not know Him please seek out someone who does.
Thanks to Hal, Rudy and Matt for a great day and what a blessing to serve!!
Col 3:12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.
Shelli Engle RN