Living Free

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I’m going skydiving Friday morning. It’ll be my first time, and unquestionably an incredible experience. But the idea of this venture into the sky has brought out some key points to how I want to live my life, and to what I believe.

I thought about living on the edge, tempting fate per se, after Jeseca died. I don’t think about that anymore. Instead, I want to show the boys that there is absolutely nothing to fear in this life. That, despite tragedy, life can still be fun, exciting, and full of joy.

Now, my mom and dad have both expressed that I need to think about the boys. After all, they can’t lose their dad, too. I get that. And believe me, that has crossed my mind. But I believe in an awesome God. If He has truly ordained my every breath, and if He knows the very moment I will die and go to be with Him, what have I to fear? If Friday is the day, then it really doesn’t matter what I do, does it?

I’m confident that He has much more for me to do here; to finish the job Jeseca started in the hearts of our two wonderful, God-fearing children. I want to teach them to live free. I want them to experience every emotion; every valley and peak so they can share those experiences and emotions with others and point them to Jesus.

I recently read a story about Stonewall Jackson. It described the general as a devout follower of Christ; passionate in every area of his life; and fearless. His soldiers asked him why he was so calm in battle. “My religious belief teaches me to feel as safe in battle as in bed,” he replied. “God has fixed the time for my death. I do not concern myself about that, but to be always ready, no matter when it may overtake me. That is the way all men should live, and then all would be equally brave.”

I want to live like that. God wants me to live like that. So Friday, I’m gonna jump out of an airplane from 13,000 feet. God be glorified. JG

From his career in professional baseball to an attempt at professional golf and the tragic loss of his wife, Jon Graves is on the journey of his life.

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  • 50 toes
    March 26, 2008

    I went skydiving twice in college, it was an amazing experience. I agree with you on our ordained day to leave this earth.

    My husband is a Navy pilot and I could worry every day about his safety or just live with the confidence that God has already numbered our days. Plus, my husband reminds me he is safer in the air than I am on the highway according to statistics. Now I really should start worrying about driving. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Are you doing a tandem jump?


  • Sarah
    March 26, 2008

    You go boy…. I was laughing when I saw that picture. At first I thought it was you. I am excited for you, tho I am glad to hear that you arent doing it for the reason you told me in the beginning. You are right God tells us to enjoy our lives and to live without fear. Thats been a prayer of mine to start doing the things that scare me. So that I can overcome them. So I am proud of you. Tho scary you are living with knowing God is in control, so there should be “NO FEAR.” Have a blast and let me know how it goes. Love ya in Jesus. Sarah

  • Bob Boyan
    March 27, 2008

    “Would Jesus skydive?”

    Didn’t the devil ask him the same question as he tempted Him in the desert?

    Nonetheless… Jon, I envy you. I’m going on 30 and my mom still insists that I wait until she’s passed away to jump out of a plane. See you on the ground – I think we’ll be @ the Rock this weekend if you want to meet up.

  • Anonymous
    March 27, 2008

    Well, son, to be honest, I have lived through some amazingly-dangerous stuff in my life; how my parents coped is beyond me. But they did. They trusted the Lord, who brought them through all their own agonizing times during World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. So do I. I applaud your desire to experience this jump – the sheer rush and joy of flying through the air, blah blah. That would be cool. In fact, I’m jealous I’m not doing it with you. (Some day?) I love you. I love the Lord. I trust Him. I trust you. Yet, I’ll be nervous until I get the call that it was “fun.” HAVE fun, son. Love, Dad

  • bluetaterbaby
    March 28, 2008


    I’m so glad you’re getting the chance to go skydiving! What an opportunity! Enjoy yourself and know that we’ll all be praying for you. Good luck and give us an update!

    God bless,

  • Anonymous
    March 28, 2008

    NICE!!!!!!!!!…. Your pic is going to look even betta’ than this one. Im so excited to hear about it!!!!! You should post the video via you tube for sure. God’s going to really do something amazing in your life for jumping for Him. I know it. I know anytime I “jump” for HIm he blesses me abundantly more than I could ever ask or imagine. Have so much fun JUMPIN for JESUS, and we’ll see ya when ya land.

  • Jon Graves
    March 28, 2008

    Okay. I have to respond to these. Am I doing a tandem jump? No. Solo. (Yikes) Would Jesus skydive? Bob called me on that one. Is that blasphemy? I don’t know. I should probably omit that little paragraph… I admit I’m a bit nervous about tomorrow; not so much the jump, but the what ifs that keep swirling in my head. It all has to do with the boys. But I know God’s not done with me yet. He has a lot more work to do in my heart, and with the boys. I imagine there are many out there who would question my motives and judgment at this time. I guess all I can say to that is that I don’t want to live in fear. I want to live victoriously. As David Jeremiah says, Life Wide Open. But that doesn’t mean I don’t want the world to pray that I make it home in one piece. Please pray! Love ya. JG

  • Anonymous
    March 31, 2008

    You have always had an adventurous spirit. Prayers were going up all over the heavens on this event in your life (and your brother’s and friend’s.)

    What a feeling it must have been to be 13,000 feet high in the sky and look down. Think about it…God sits on His throne high in the Heavens and looks down upon us every moment. (not that you had the time in 4 minutes to even think about it that way when you dived out of the plane!)

    It was an amazing day you will always remember, and the Lord was surely with you three. Wish I could have stayed around to watch, but I’m sure there will be more opportunities! Even I won’t be as nervous next time…but praying none less.

    I love you, son. It’s great to see you have fun again.

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