To Friend or Not to Friend
Katie learned the bullet had caused Tyler to lose his right leg below the knee. Tyler, after undergoing extensive physical therapy, learned to walk with the aid of a prosthetic leg. He was now in training to run in the Boston Marathon! Impressive as all this was, the thing that stood out
most was Tyler’s devotion to his faith. He had remained dedicated to the Lord despite the hardships he had faced in his lifetime.
Tyler established an organization called The Vet’s Place to help veterans with their disabilities and everyday struggles. Tyler’s group would used this opportunity to reach out and share the gospel with everyone they helped.
The organization branched out in a short time, to other cities. To date, a remarkable two hundred and eleven souls has come to know or rededicate their lives to the Lord. Katie was overcome with emotion. She wiped at her tear-filled eyes and continued to read the stories posted on Tyler’s profile. It was astonishing how God had used Tyler in the advancement of His kingdom.
Katie felt ashamed at how little she had done for the Lord. Blessed beyond measure, yet church on Sunday morning was the only way she had attempted to repay Him. Tyler's story inspired her and she bowed her head to talk to her Lord.
"I am so sorry, Lord. You have blessed my life so much and in so many ways. I have done little to show my appreciation for this. Thank you for reminding me through Tyler's story, that I am supposed to be doing more for your kingdom. Please, Lord, show me where I can best serve you."
After her prayer, she looked closer at Tyler’s profile and realized the home office for The Vet’s Place was right across town. How did she not know about this place?
Katie felt this was where the Lord was leading her and after humbly accepting Tyler’s friend request, sent him a message offering her help as a volunteer. Within seconds, she received a reply.
Welcome aboard! Something . . . or someone, told me you would feel this way! – Tyler
Katie marveled at what had transpired from such a secular thing as the internet! It was true - God can work through anything . . . even social media!