Imagine you’re diagnosed multiple sclerosis. What would you do? How would you response? How will your spend your remaining time? This actually happened to the author of the book. But instead of complaining or whining, the author shows us what it means to live a life of thanksgiving and joy.
Here are three things I think you can learn as you read this book:
1) Rejoicing – Interspersed throughout the book, you will see many many situations where the author repeated give thanks for everything that has happened, be it a fall or an excruciating pain that Klicka is experiencing. This is not something that is extraordinary, it just helped us see what this familiar verse “Rejoice always” (1 Thess 5:16) really should mean in our lives. As I read, I’m often ashamed as I reflected back on how unchrist like I am, as compared to Chris Klicka, who could have complained, but never did.
2) Evangelism – Many a times, you will read of how Chris is passionately sharing the gospel with everyone he meets, he appears to be tireless in this work and often finds or creates opportunities to share the gospel with the people around him. If you would like to “see” what it’s like to be with an evangelist up front, read it. Chris never lets an opportunity to share Christ slip, and so should we.
3) Productiveness – Chris does not in any way laze around despite his illness, you will find him doing his work as director in HSLDA until the point he is unable to continue to work. What drives him is the lordship of Christ in his life, as I reflect upon this, I recalled what John Calvin reply was when others tell him to rest more, “What! Would you have the Lord find me idle when He comes?”. I think that was how Chris felt as he lived through his remaining moments.
This is a heart wrenching book, and I mean this in a good way. As you read, you can’t help but catch his joy and excitement in life yet at the same time you can’t help but reflect on your own life, “what more can you do for the Lord?”