Here is something that I sent out to the community that has come together on the page for my new song "The Motions." Thought I’d share it with you all....
Last week, I visited our online “Motions” community and was hit like a ton of bricks by one of the posts. It told the story of 18 year-old Ryan McAfee from Oklahoma who tragically lost his life on March, 2nd in a car accident. The story was posted by a friend of Ryan’s. She wrote that “The Motions” was played at Ryan’s funeral, and that was the first time she had heard the song. Another post about Ryan said he had been listening to the song the day before he left this earth and how he had posted the lyrics to the song on his facebook page so that he could be held accountable to not go through the motions.
I came across a local news story that reported about Ryan’s accident. I encourage you to check out the link below. I was struck by what everyone had to say about his life, and his love for Christ. You need to read the full news story. Listen to how his friends and family, how his brother talks about Ryan’s life.
Ryan wasn’t going through the motions. He was a young guy determined to live his life with a passion for God, and a desire to reach everyone around him with the love of Christ until he went home. And because we are all together in our commitment to say “no more going through the motions,” I felt like you needed to hear about this story for two reasons.
1. May Ryan’s death remind us all that this life is short. Make the most of each moment that God has given to you. None of us know when our last moment on earth might be.
2. Take a moment today to think about how you want people to speak about you after you’re gone. Then ask God to show you how to live like Ryan did, with a heart for Him, and a heart for others.
I never met Ryan, but his story and his life have impacted me greatly. I don’t think I’ll ever hear “The Motions,” the same way again. Today is a gift, don’t waste it.