The car, in which Donehey was traveling, flipped six times, leaving him with intense injuries.
“I wasn’t wearing my seatbelt, I got thrown out of the car, I broke my back in two places, broke my face, ear was ripped off, put in an ambulance, flat-lined five times on the way to the hospital,” Donehey said, noting that the wreck unfolded his senior year of high school.
“That was the first time I asked for a guitar, so I didn’t learn how to play guitar until I was 18,” he said. “It came on the heels of having all my plans dashed … . It was actually the beginning of a new dream.”
“In my own life, asking God, ‘What’s your will for my life?’ is the wrong question,” Donehey said, noting that the Bible details the general answer. “He’s made that really clear. Be joyful always, pray continually, give thanks. This is God’s will for your life.”
The singer went on to describe what he believes we’re really asking when we ask God what His will is for our lives.
One of Donehey’s quotes in the book about his own journey perhaps best frames how this spiritual dynamic plays out in practice: “This is my story…. How I gave up begging to know God’s will and began to ask His life to come and change my will.”
In the end, Donehey said it’s important to draw distinctions between what culture values and what God deems important.
“We live in a culture where it doesn’t matter what motivates you, it just matters what you accomplish,” he said. “God’s just the opposite. He’s not impressed.”
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