I wanted to relay a story I heard at church on Sunday regarding a young 15-year-old boy who passed away suddenly during Physical Education in Bryan/College Station this year. This young man’s mother was a Young Life leader and one of our very own students from StoneBridge has been working alongside of her. The mom has been making a huge difference in the lives of so many people through Young Life and what came out after the funeral was that her son had also made a significant impact for Christ through his short 15-year life in a rather unique way.
You see her son, like many 15-year-old boys, was rather obsessed with video games (surprise, surprise). In fact he really had quite the talent for it as the gaming world was looking at him to go professional when he was old enough. On many of the XBox 360 games, you can wear a headset, and play and converse with other gamers all over the world.
A little while after his death, the mom noticed that people through the XBox world were sending messages to her son wondering where he was and why he hadn’t been playing in a while. The mom informed them that tragically her son had passed away. What happened next blew the mom away. Person after person, from states all over the country, started pouring out sympathy and kind words to the mom about the impact her son had made on them.
They explained that her son stood out in a beautiful way along the electronic airwaves of the XBox world. Most people trash-talk, cuss, and bad-mouth each other while playing games, but he was different. They explained that he would encourage people and show kindness to people and everyone seemed to notice a huge difference about his life. One young lady shared with the family that their son was the one who pointed her to eventually accept Christ as her Savior.
These people spread out all over the country were so moved that they decided to raise money in his honor. Soon thousands of dollars started coming in as people expressed their heartfelt thanks for his influence. Through the money, the family has been able to fund ministries, like sending kids on mission trips. I was so moved by that story. Truly, everywhere we are and in everything we do, we represent Christ to the world, even through our video games. I am reminded of what Jesus taught us in the Sermon on the Mount, ‘14 You are the light of the world — like a city on a mountain, glowing in the night for all to see. 15 Don’t hide your light under a basket! Instead, put it on a stand and let it shine for all. 16 In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.’ May your light shine today! May it shine even in the most unlikely and surprising places!