"God has given us all a purpose here"

Lonise Bias makes it clear that her ability to pick up, go on, and devote her life to helping others doesn't have anything to do with an optimistic temperament or personal stamina. She says her strength and growing sense of purpose—after the drug-related death of her son, basketball star Len Bias—come directly from God.

Instead of giving in to despair (even after the passing of a second son), Mrs. Bias is determined to help spare others. Her talks to large groups of young people are about hope, purpose, spiritual awakening. Many people who turn to drugs and violent gangs, she says, are actually searching for a sense of spiritual purpose. And we need to be doing a better job of showing them where genuine purpose is found—in discovering our relation to God.

God's man is always useful
January 20, 1992

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