In the past year I've gotten to know Jim Harrell, a friend I've exchanged emails with and talked with once on the phone. I interviewed Jim on the subject of suffering for the book I'm currently writing. Jim has read some of my books, including Heaven, and wrote me telling his story. Turns out we have a mutual friend, Chris Mitchell.
One Saturday morning in 2003, Jim received a call delivering the kind of news no one wants to hear. His doctor told Jim he had Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, better known as ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease.
This week I'm going to share a video about Jim Harrell, in three parts. I think you'll find inspiration and encouragement in his story. How Jim reacted, and what has happened since that day will help you as you deal with adversity in your life and that of others.
Part 1 introduces Jim, and in five minutes offers insight into his humanity when learning of his disease. I'll plan on posting part 2 on Wednesday and part 3 on Friday, so you can watch the whole story this week. I think you'll be glad you took the time. (Click here if the video doesn't show up for you.)