November 24, 2012: Preston Stevens



(Image by Mark Reidy)

It’s the Saturday after Thanksgiving and the extended weekend is almost over. I woke up, made some coffee, and started reading some of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s biography. It’s interesting reading about other people’s lives and what made them who they were.

Roosevelt was very much shaped by his experiences, some for the better and others for the worse. We as people can choose how we respond to our life experiences. He chose to focus on the positive things in life and not be defeated by its hardships.

Why is it that I try to ignore or avoid some of the hard things in my life? Yet, my life hasn’t even been that hard. 

My roommate has known true hardships. He grew up in Palestine in near poverty. Two weeks ago, he got a call that his father and brother were killed in a bombing. His fifteen year old brother is now the only surviving member of his family. 

Even in that hardship there was hope. There were Christians in Israel who were willing to help get my roommate’s brother to safety. 

His situation made me think about a lot of things:

How do other people in the world get through the hardships they face?

How should it shape my life seeing Christians care for one another like they did with my roommate’s brother?

How is my current hardship from the last few weeks one that will change the way I make future decisions?

Roosevelt was shaped by many hard life experiences; what experiences will shape me?

It made me think about our society too. Why is it that the lives of many of our leaders are so riddled with moral failures like adultery? Just last week a U.S. general was caught in adultery. Then again why does our society even care about adultery? 

Society seems to disregard moral laws but when a person in leadership commits adultery they are shocked and offended. Maybe it has less to do with being offended and more that it is just another “story.”

It seems that history repeats itself when men of high stature, from King David to Bill Clinton and now David Petraeus, fall because of their lust.


About the author: Preston is a Northerner who moved south to escape from the cold. As a Christian, he tries to live out his life through the lenses of the Bible.