“Of all those I rescued from Egypt, no one who is twenty years old or older will ever see the land I swore to give to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, for they have not obeyed me wholeheartedly. The only exceptions are Caleb son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite and Joshua son of Nun, for they have wholeheartedly followed the Lord.” Numbers 32:11-12
I’m blown away by all the different people that God has used to shape my life and my walk with Him. During my life, I’ve had the incredible pleasure of spending time with many different people, and have had the opportunity to listen to hosts of inspiring speakers during my sixteen years in ministry with FCA.
While there are many adjectives that can be used to describe someone, only one person comes to mind when I think about a person who follows God wholeheartedly. I will never forget a hot July morning as I was frantically preparing for another day of FCA camp, and walked by the cracked bedroom door of my camp suitemate, Peter Kohn. At 70 years old, there was Peter near the edge of his bed on both of his knees praying aloud, giving thanks to God for His incredible love for him. As I stood and listened to those prayers it became apparent to me that not only was Peter the most prepared person for that day at camp, but he was probably the person whom I have seen follow God the most whole-heartedly.
That image of a man at his age on the hard, cold, tile floor in a Salisbury University dorm is just one of the great pictures I have of an incredible servant-leader, and it is an image that will continue to inspire me for years to come. One of the most beautiful things of this moment was the sincerity of it — Peter was just being who he was, never knowing that my eavesdropping on his incredible conversation with God would have such a lasting impact on my life.
A great takeaway that I have from this observation is not just what Peter was able to do for God, but the ability he had to receive from Him all that He has promised because he truly sought Him with all his heart. As I look at my life and who I want to become, Peter’s example of an incredible hunger to follow God whole-heartedly will always mark my life and challenge me to strive to leave that type of impression with others.
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