We’re pilgrims on the journey
Of the narrow road,
And those who’ve gone before us line the way,
Cheering on the faithful, encouraging the weary,
Their lives a stirring testament to God’s sustaining grace.
Surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses,
Let us run the race not only for the prize,
But as those who’ve gone before us
Let us leave to those behind us,
The heritage of faithfulness passed on through godly lives.
Oh may all who come behind us find us faithful,
May the fire of our devotion light their way,
May the footprints that we leave
Lead them to believe,
And the lives we live inspire them to obey,
Oh may all who come behind us find us faithful.
After all our hopes and dreams have come and gone,
And our children sift through all we’ve left behind,
May the clues that they discover and the memories they uncover
Become the light that leads them to the road we each must find.
Words and Music: Jon Mohr / Copyright 1988 Birdwing Music/Jonathan Mark Music
Run to win a prize that never fades...
1 Corinthians 9:25
Don’t you love the Olympics?!
I remember watching the glamorous Florence Griffith-Joyner with her long, brightly embellished nails, stunning smile and beyond-human speed, wishing I could have participated in sports as a child. I longed to be a sprinter: the burst of speed, rush of adrenaline, flash of glory, crowds cheering, medals shining and national anthem blazing! However, in my real world, we grew up very strict Pentecostals. Gym shorts were absolutely forbidden, and girls running in long skirts tended to trip and bloody their noses.
Funny, the older I get the more I realize life is certainly not a smooth swift dash ... but a long tough marathon over craggy mountainous terrain, winding narrow paths, sweltering desert sands along with a few glorious reprieves of cool, lush valley trails. The cheering dies and fans start fading about mile 57 when you tend to start looking more like Forrest Gump than Flo Jo. Can I get an “Amen?”
Recently I spoke with a fellow traveler, singer/composer (and original GVB member) Jon Mohr about his own lifelong marathon. His wonderful song, “Find Us Faithful” and the story behind what birthed those amazing lyrics are astounding.
“I wrote that song in response to years of being unfaithful,” he admits. “I always wanted to do the right thing, but my sexual passions and appetites were so strong. My mom used to tell me, ‘Son, just stay pure! When you’re married and in the relationship God has for you, you’ll be satisfied.’ Unfortunately, that was not the case. For the first eight years of our marriage, I continued to battle with my lusts and fantasies. I lived a tortured, double life.”
It took several strategic friendships to help bring Jon back on track. One was with fellow GVBer Steve Green. “Steve had gone through a life-changing experience with God and would talk with me for hours as we traveled on tour with the Vocal Band,” Jon remembers. “He would plead with me, ‘Jon, you know I was just like you, but you can see what God has done in me! You have to do what He’s telling you to do!’ ”
It must have been a blessing to finally be able to share this inward conflict with someone who had found freedom themselves, but as Jon recalls it, “It was also terrifying! God kept telling me I had to bring it all out into the light; leave nothing covered up. I should confess it all to Luanne and any others I had wronged. I said ‘No’ to God and paid a heavy price for my resistance. Within a year and a half I was involved with someone. I was so deceived. I was going to leave Luanne and our 6-month-old daughter. Then God confronted me one last time. ‘You know, Jon — you face Me now or you face Me later — but you will face Me.’ Suddenly, I could see it. I was such a fool. I was undone. I sat down with Luanne and a bath towel for a handkerchief! I cried and confessed everything I’d ever done; I left nothing out. Miraculously, when the dust settled she forgave me. I experienced an important truth. Because of the power of the cross and my obedience, I found freedom. I also learned over the next couple of years that I had to continue to fight to maintain freedom, but with new habits and staying totally current with God, I could remain free.”
Within months of his life-changing confrontation, Jon penned, “Find Us Faithful.” “Now, after years on this long remarkable journey, I see that nothing is more important than finishing this race strong and leaving deep footprints; a legacy of faithfulness for our six children and four grandchildren!”
Today, Jon and his beautiful wife, Luanne and their family live in Burbank, Calif., where Jon does media voice-overs. Visit his website at jonmohr.com.
— Reba Rambo-McGuire