The story of Lamar Odom is not uncommon to each and every story we hear of regarding addiction; however, this one has a much better ending.
A life taken for granted is the sentiment that I have read online, but is his life much different than most of ours?
One more sniff, one more puff, one more pill. The odds stacking against him and on a particular night at a brothel outside of sin city, the game comes to an abrupt end. We all have our vices that seek to devour us. ‘I can tell this simple lie, I can sleep with this person and this person because it is my life, I can push, take, consume past all earthly limits, simply because I can.’ We all play the game of chance, the game of loading the gun, spinning the chamber and pointing it directly at ourselves hoping that this time we will escape with our lives but hope is not a strategy.
Why do any of us take this life for granted when some did not even make it out of their mothers wombs, some passed in their sleep, or tragically. Psychologists say that we are simply bored and caught in the monotony of life we seek things to make us feel alive. We create drama, power struggles, wars, poverty, self-destruction all to fill a void. Oh, but there is hope.
“Each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil DESIRE and enticed. 15 Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to DEATH (James 1:14-15).”
The hope I speak of will not be found in our own efforts by any means. It is not found in our partners, it is not found in a religious corporate gathering. The hope lies in a savior that set our human existence in motion. A God that created each of us and originally wanted heaven for our lives but in his infinite grace he gave us free will not to make us like robots, but for us to choose him with the very lives he created. The story of grace is a love story of epic proportions, but the summary is that we make a choice daily whether to pursue life or death and even with our ability to choose there still is grace.
Grace is what has been given to Lamar, to his family, and to the world around him witnessing the full-blown power of Jesus Christ in action. We can deny his existence or come alongside his awesome power to do a great work in the lives of people around the world, in our very lives. Grace does not mean we completely avoid the natural consequences of our decisions, it simply means that there is forgiveness and a chance at eternity with our greatest love, Christ.
Today, the story of Lamar Odom continues, not eclipsed by death, but by new challenges that await him. I pray he now believes in the depths of his being that God is for him, he has always been and always will be.
When Christ died, He died for you individually just as much as if you’d been the only man in the world. -C. S. Lewis
written by @earlinagreen
edited by April G.