This last weekend was awesome in mDave Roever began what was a heart wrenching talk with a quote from Abraham Lincoln’s letter to Mrs. Bixby, the mother of five sons who died in service to our country in the Civil War. The letter shared his condolences and said, ” and the solemn pride that must be yours to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of freedom.”
Dave Roever laid a costly sacrifice on the altar of freedom and is a survivor. When in Vietnam at the ripe age of 20 or so, he served on a short Navy boat similar to those shown in the Apocalypse Now movie. He had pulled the pin on a phosphorus grenade and was about to throw it when a sniper bullet hit it. It exploded in his face blinding him in one eye, making him deaf in that ear, and burning off most of his face. He hit the water and thought it might extinguish the burning, but to no avail. Water doesn’t stop phosphorus from destroying what is there.
The medic in the helicopter labeled him as KIA, killed in action.
However,God had a different idea.
Dave was in Brooke Army Hospital for fourteen months. He thought that his young wife would reject him because he was horrendous. He was wrong. She has continued to love him through it all, and they have been married 46 years.
The devil gave it his best shot, but Dave is still here. It is not the life of Dave, but of Christ in him. In the midst of great pain, he found solace in Christ.
Dave is passionate about Christ. He stated that passion drives you to be the man of God that God wants you to be. He asked if there was anything that you were willing to die for. Then he commented that if there is not anything worth dying for, how is there anything worth living for?
Dave combined humor with his comments, and he even laughed at himself.
He brought the message home with a bang.
Another thing that he said really caught my attention. Dave said that if he talked to you for five minutes, he could tell what you are passionate about. If you are a hunter, you will talk about hunting. If you are a fisherman, you will talk about fishing. If you are a preacher, you will talk about God.
With that said, what is your passion? What is worth living for and even dying for? Your country? Your family? Jesus?
When you have true passion, you have the opportunity to reach others.
The world is looking for people who are full of passion. Without passion, we will never be able to persuade anyone about anything.
We are to be the conduit for Christ. He uses us to reach others.
After 9-11, Dave Roever was sent all over the Middle East to minister to other soldiers. His foundation has established Eagles Summit Ranches in Colorado and Junction, Texas, for veterans to be healed and restored and even earn college credit.
He said that they are turning snipers into preachers. Now they can take a shot at the devil.
If you get a chance, check out the Dave Roever Foundation. They are helping to heal the hearts of our warriors. Read his story, and maybe even get involved in some way.
Once again, I must ask, “What is your passion? What is really worth living for and even worth dying for?”
That is where your treasure is. Your passion.
Jan Allbritton is a Diboll resident who teaches at St. Cyprian’s Episcopal School.