I’m in listening mode. So much is being said about Max, his family,
their impact on the community, the community response, and the response from those
across the country who have been touched by Max’s story. The word on the street ranges from “boy dies
tragically from the flu” to “boy’s life had major impact on the community.” Many years ago, when I was frustrated by being
misquoted in the press, a friend told me, “Always remember that in the press,
we should not confuse the facts with the truth.” It's not that facts are not true. Rather, facts may not tell the whole truth. Thankfully, most of what made the press about Max was
both factual and true.
Regardless of whether media messages have told the full story in an
ideal way, Max’s family is thankful for the exposure and the opportunity for
Max to inspire others. The reaction gives them confidence that God is
moving through the word on the street to reveal The Word on the street. Following is the Word I’m hearing this
morning, as well as several links to the words of others in the media. I’m listening, intently. I need to hear His message.
Romans 5:1-5 (NIV)
"Therefore, since we have been justified
through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom we have gained
access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope
of the glory of God. 3 Not
only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering
produces perseverance; 4 perseverance, character; and character, hope.
5 And hope does not put
us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the
Holy Spirit, who has been given to us."
TV coverage samples:
Print coverage samples:
Flower Mound Leader
Max's family continues to be uplifted and sustained by both the word on the street and The Word on the street (and in their hearts).
Please continue speak. We are listening.