The world-renowned evangelist and apologist Ravi Zacharias went home to be with Jesus at the age of 74 after a battle with cancer.
DO YOU REMEMBER?
It was 2010 and we received an e-mail from an NCS brudder asking if we would be interested in having Ravi Zacharias speak to our Chapter. Ravi was going to be in the area, had heard about NCS and was willing to speak to us. Why is that amazing? At that time, Zacharias spoke 300+ days/year and still turned down 99% of the speaking requests he received. He was used to speaking to thousands/tens of thousands/hundreds of thousands. We didn’t ask, but he offered to come to our little restaurant in Darien. It was one of the two largest crowds we ever packed into Ten Twenty Post Restaurant over 11 years (the other was Paul Young shortly after The Shack became a best-seller).
What do we take from this story? Our loving Father wanted us to hear Ravi’s message in 2010. We think He may want us to hear it again. Ravi talked about “displaced priorities”–he shared vulnerably about his own regrets–what he missed as a Dad from a life on the road. The Covid Crisis has been a reset for many–some families eating dinner together for the first time in years. Old priorities have been disrupted and re-ordered. When things “re-open”, we will have a choice–rush back to “displaced priorities” that feel familiar (that is where the world will draw us) or pause to consider “re-ordered” priorities.
So here it is again–to honor the life of a man who gave to others and who incredibly offered to give very tangibly to our little community almost 10 years ago.
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