We have the ability to share because we have been given something worth sharing.
One of the questions that we often get is 'Why was Max born that way?' Why were any of us born the way that we were? In John 9, Jesus was asked the same question of a man born blind. His response was so that God might be glorified with his life. That is the answer for each of us. So that God might be glorified with our life.
There are two questions in life that truly matter, and we should be reflecting on frequently: 1) What makes a person a person? 2) What makes life worth living?
Max was a joy bringer. He had the most contagious and ornery smiles, laughs, and giggles. He loved with all he had. He laughed and sang and gave with all that he had been given. Micah describes Max as one who no matter how great his suffering he always found a way to bring the joy...ALWAYS. He never complained (except at some of buh's show choices and when it was time to pick up toys). His full name, Maxwell, means most well. How can it be that one with every cell in his body so messed up could be well? He had no delusion, no pretense. Every moment of his life was built on the foundations of truth and trust. He was carried, cleaned, changed, and fed every day of his life. Completely dependent on another every second.
His value as a person was unsurpassed. He would never achieve greatness and success in the eyes of most. His greatness, measured in love. He loved until it hurt, would choke, and then love some more. His love for his brother and Micah's devotion to his brother's well-being is unrivaled. Anyone who truly knew him and spent time with him left encounters with him changed.
That is all any of us can hope for in life. To be born into the world surrounded and greeted by love, to be loved and wanted every minute of our lives, and to leave this earth carried to the starting line and surrounded by love as we are cheered into full healing and love eternal.
Son, go share your joy...RUN!