This I Believe

Nathan - Stanwood, Washington
Entered on January 30, 2009
Age Group: 18 - 30

“Live for Jesus; that’s the best advice that I can give.” These were my hero’s last words. More importantly, these were the last words of my grandfather; Stanley Elwin Morris, and to have them directed to me was truly an amazing thing. When someone great says something, the entire world all but halts all courses of action just to hear these words of great wisdom. The whole of eternity seems to hang by a thread and everything becomes something superfluous because of the fact that something historical and life-altering just occurred.

I believe that to live, you need a legitimate cause to live for. We as people usually define the word “legitimate” to suit our own purposes. The problem is that sometimes that also creates our own moral standards; our concepts of right and wrong. This can result in a cataclysmic debate between our fellow man as to who truly is “right and wrong”.

As far as what our “cause” for living is concerned, we need to use great caution when deciding what that cause will be. If you base your life on a cause that is dangerously unstable, your life is on direct course for disaster. Or, if you don’t have a cause at all, you become susceptible to a wide variety of things to believe in; not all of them beneficial to your life. Another way of saying this is, “If you stand for nothing, then you’ll fall for anything.” For me, my cause is that of the cause of Christ. As a Christian, I make a daily attempt to base my life firmly on Christ. It is not just a one time thing, I find myself constantly refocusing on Him and making Him the center of my life because, as scripture clearly states, “The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” We as people get caught up in so many things: things that really won’t matter at all in the long run.

My integrity in the pursuit of this cause; this belief, it has been tried countless times. In trying to convey my beliefs to the strong-willed minds of my fellow students, I have been mocked, ridiculed, threatened, and punished because my beliefs are not conducive to not only the emotional climate that we live in, but the spiritual as well. My generation is not one to easily accept a message of the need of something they don’t even believe exists. I believe in that Higher Being, and that life without Him is completely impossible. This message is very difficult to swallow for many people in the world today.

So for me, my grandfather’s words were a final commission from a great man. That his very last words; even unto death, were for the glorification of God is a truly remarkable thing. So in keeping with that message, my cause is this, “Live for Jesus; that’s the best advice that I can give.” This is my cause. This, with all of my heart, I truly believe.