Joni Eareckson Tada sings with a Blessing Champion!
I don't know ANYONE who has been around Joni Eareckson Tada for even a few moments, who hasn't been encouraged, strengthened and "blessed" by her. She is an amazing example of trust, faith, courage, beauty and REALITY. Most of us just see her smile if we're watching her speak. Or we hear the warmth and encouragement in her voice if we're listening to her inspiring radio program (Joni and Friends).
We don't see the incredible, daily challenges she faces. I can remember a few years ago, having the honor of introducing Joni before she spoke at the AACC World Conference in Nashville. When she arrived backstage, she was in serious pain and discomfort. But then it was time for me to introduce her. And for her to go out in front of thousands of people. All you saw and heard in her message that afternoon was grace and wisdom and warmth and courage and sacrifice and integrity -- all the things she was calling us as Christian counselors to reach for. That being spoken by someone who could have just said, "I don't feel good enough to speak" and everyone would have understood. Someone who models what she talks... and sings about. Not just in public. But in private. In a way that only the few of us backstage got to see that day.
Now team up this woman of courage and love for people, especially the broken - with Shon Stewart - our Blessing Champion at Music that Blesses Others! If you haven't visited Music That Blesses Others (or read the March blog about it) I believe Shon is right up there with Joni in demonstrating courage and faith!
I've seen Shon be lifted up, literally, (And almost dropped if the truth be known!) onto the back of a huge, high platform without a ramp. It was a platform at a Promise Keepers conference in Indianapolis. His father, Tom, would join me in speaking - and Shon in singing - in front of 65,000 men at Indianapolis. Shon never missed a beat or a note. Even after us almost dropping him onto the concrete floor!
He too, like Joni, has been an incredible example to me of someone who has to hang onto Jesus each day. Someone who has bad days and good days. Who's honest and REAL enough to say that. But who continues to show courage and honesty and strength in God. Both "behind the scenes" with all the daily challenges, as well as when he's "onstage."
I'm running out of superlatives for these two -- but they're all true! They are both, to me, the kind of people that Psalm 15 says we're to honor. Heroes of the faith, who fear and honor the Lord - and who both love to sing to and for the Lord!
So here's what happened! Recently, Joni had Shon Stewart as her guest on her outstanding radio program, JONI AND FRIENDS. The program they recorded doesn't air until May 1st. BUT for those of us looking to BLESS OTHERS here's an incredible "sneak preview" of an amazing moment in the interview.
As Joni listened to Shon's love for music, she invited him to "spontaneously" sing a duet with her! Right during the recording! You have GOT to listen to the whole interview on May 1st when it airs! We'll be sure an blog and tweet about it the end of April to remind you.
But HERE FOR YOU TODAY, thanks to the awesome folks at Music That Blesses Others is a sneak peak at a part of their interview. And a chance for you to listen to a "duet" that will inspire you to keep Blessing others. To inspire you to keep choosing to step towards people and the Lord - not away from them, even when it's tough. To keep choosing to add the Blessing to your loved ones lives - not subtract from them. Even on days when we're having a tough time. It's this month's featured song at Music that Blesses Others...
Just go to www.MusicThatBlessesOthers.com and BE INSPIRED!
Posted on Fri, March 8, 2013
by John Trent filed under