As you may know–if you have read my story, Lost Boy–my mom died a few years ago. Despite my crazy upbringing, I always loved her and really wanted to take care of her, even as a little boy.
In Lost Boy, I talk about her prodigal ways and how she returned to the Lord before she left us. I believe that I will see her again in Heaven.
Today, on our radio program A New Beginning, host Dave Spiker asked me an unexpected question. I did not know he was going to ask it, so my answer is very much from the heart.
Here is the audio clip:
Dave: If your mom was still here and you wanted to give her a copy of this book, what would you say to her as you gave her a copy of Lost Boy?
Greg: Well, I would say I’m telling both of our stories. And I hope that you know that your life helped to bring me to the place of commitment to Christ, and God used you to help me to see my need for the Lord and then to point others to Him. And I hope that you can see how God never forgot about you and how you came back to Him in the end and now everything you were looking for in life you have found in Christ in heaven.
See, my mom, she wanted to have fun. She wanted joy. She didn’t want to live a miserable, restricted life. Well, what does the Bible say? “In His presence is fullness of joy and on His right hand there are pleasures forevermore.”
You know, I have had dreams about my mom and whenever I dream about her, I don’t dream of her in her older state. I always dream of her in her younger, more beautiful state. And she is in a new body right now, not broken down by the ravages of age or abuse of different things. And I think she is more joyful than she has ever been before. And I wish she had found it earlier. But thank God she did find it before it was too late.
And you know, frankly, if she hadn’t lived the life that she lived, I don’t know that I would come to the place where I came and I look back on it now and, like Joseph, I can say God used it for good what was meant for evil. I think she would actually be kind of pleased by the way she comes out in the story because she is the rebel girl that runs from God but comes around under the wire in the end. I think she would kind of like it.