Life’s Defining Moments

This is a story about a family that I very much admire for many reasons.  The one I would like to focus on is their willingness to step up, and how a worldview rooted in love helps them walk through fear, uncertainty, stress, and the unknowns in life.  They love extravagantly, and their life has been one of the biggest adventure stories you could ever imagine.

stepping up

I need to state upfront that Brian and Chris Davidson are unabashed followers of Jesus. Regardless of your belief system, I think this story is worth telling without watering it down. It’s their story.  Your story is your story.  So there is your heads up.

Brian and Chris Davidson have dedicated their lives to loving the least among us as extravagantly as God loves them.  They have worked all over the world, helping thousands of people in medical need, spiritual need, and with physical needs.  They have worked in AIDS orphanages in Ethiopia and started hundreds of grassroots soccer projects for boys and girls in Africa.  These are stories in and of themselves, but this is about a recent defining moment in their lives.  If you ever met them, you know their stories are amazing, because they live with a faith based abandon that few ever experience.

Brian and Chris recently had a defining moment that I would like you to try to imagine for yourselves.  Imagine if you and your spouse were in your early 50’s and you had dedicated your life to serving others and raising your four grown children, three out of the house and one starting college. You were finally looking forward to spending time with your spouse, having some additional disposable income for the first time in your lives, and traveling.  Your plan is to kick back, breathe and enjoy some of the finer things in life. Everything seems in place.  Now imagine if you were asked to give up that plan and adopt three African boys who were in serious need.  You had to make a decision within the span of a few days.  What would you do?

brian and chris

THE STORY

Brian and Chris have a heart for kids.  Brian, probably more than anyone I have ever met, is a builder of people.  He has helped countless children, young and old, all over the world.  Chris is a teacher, and extremely tender hearted.  They were connected to a number of families who had adopted children when an SOS came out about three young brothers whose US family had fallen on very difficult times and could no longer take care of the boys and their own children. Chris wrote one of the friends to learn more about the boys’ story. It was heart breaking.  Her first response was to start praying for these boys and that they would find a new family, but before the day was out she had been asked if she and Brian would consider becoming their new family.  They had to make a decision in less than three days.

Now that’s a defining moment.  Do you feel the weight of that?

THE NATURE OF DEFINING MOMENTS

How do you know you are in a defining moment?

You know you are in a defining moment when you know your life will never be the same.  Say yes and your life radically changes.  Say no, and all of life’s experiences will be subtly flavored with your “no.”  Maybe is not on the table.

Defining moments require this from you:

  • Courage
  • Selflessness
  • Action
  • Resolve
  • Intuition / prayer

You can’t escape defining moments in life.  You can’t out plan them and you can’t outmaneuver them.  Everyone has to step up at some point.

CONCLUSION

Of course you want to know the rest of the story, but for those of you who don’t know the Davidson’s, you will have to wait, because this story deserves the length it needs to do it justice.  So stay tuned.  In the meantime, the question you need to ask yourself, what would you do and how would you make your decision?

Read part 2 of the story here.  

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11 thoughts on “Life’s Defining Moments

  1. I like that you break down what a “Defining Moment” is. That’s really important. It’s true. A defining moment for me, right now, is simply making it through the day gratefully, but it requires prayer. Even for something so small! – Aa

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    1. Hmmmm, I wonder if I need to expand what a defining moment is. I was thinking in terms of big life changes. I think you have had a defining moment that falls under the definition. Thanks for the comment.

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      1. Great article! Thanks for sharing about such a great family and writing so well. I think Aaron makes a great point. Trying to remain grateful in a culture that is so entitled does require selfishless, courage, action, resolve, prayer. When we can foster these “little” things well, like gratefulness, we have more resolve to conquer the “big” life changes.

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      2. That might be a good call to action: asking for people’s defining moments. Start with a few you can identify as a comparison, then feature a few here and there. Defining Moment Fridays, etc.

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    Great article! Thanks for sharing about such a great family and writing so well. I think Aaron makes a great point. Trying to remain grateful in a culture that is so entitled does require selfishless, courage, action, resolve, prayer. When we can foster these “little” things well, like gratefulness, we have more resolve to conquer the “big” life changes.

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