Isn’t it funny how oblivious we can be to some very obvious things in our lives?
For the first 28 years of my life I thought that I was invincible. I was the guy who raced my Mustang through the neighborhood, and would ride my motorcycle 100 miles per hour down the highway. I thought I was completely in control of everything. But then my wife Lynn had a miscarriage and we lost our first child. I started to question if there really was a God.
When Greg Jr. was a young child he routinely woke up terrified in the middle of the night saying there were monsters under his bed or … in his closet. Consequently, my wife Lynn or I would get out of bed, go to his room, turn on the lights, and reassure him that there were no monsters and that everything would be okay.
Life often presents obstacles and situations that often feel too large to take on. It is not uncommon to react out of fear. When Lynn and I found out that our son Greg Jr. was gay we were both overwhelmed with fear. We were afraid of the potential diseases he might contract, the hate crimes he might endure, and what our family and friends would think of him and us if they knew the truth. However, the fear that kept us awake at night was that Greg might lose his faith and ultimately his salvation. Our fears left us paralyzed. We simply did not know how to respond to having a gay son.