We are born into this world unblemished and scarless, but in order to separate from our mothers, we must be scarred. Experiences are traced in our lives through scars—both physical and emotional. Some people even go to great lengths to intentionally scar themselves with piercings and tattoos to create their unique identities. These scars shape us. By the end of our lives, we are able to look at our bodies and tell stories about each blemish on our skin and each scar in our hearts.

As Doug and Izaak lay in their beds and mend, their wounds speak stories into all of our lives. Stories that leap off of this monitor and tell deep, rich stories into our own lives. When they are fully recovered, they will carry these scars with them for the rest of their lives. They will each tell the story in different ways. Izaak will probably humbly tell a story of Doug and take little self credit. Doug will laugh a deep belly laugh, drop in a thoughtful quote from his latest thinker, and make a gracious thanksgiving of God’s grace and Izaak’s action. Nevertheless, they will never forget June 14, 2006.

They could have avoided the scars. Doug could have chosen a life of dialysis, and his life would be marred with very different scars. Izaak could have chosen a broad array of other ways to scar his body this summer (liver damage for example), but instead he chose to permanently reshape his anatomy for his friend/mentor/pastor. When I asked Izaak why he was really doing this for Doug he said, “These are the things we live for.” Of course, we are not all called to take such dramatic steps in life, but I think the challenge is to find the things that we live for and go after them boldly—no matter how they scar us.

Jeremy Floyd

Jeremy Floyd is the President at FUNYL Commerce. Formerly, he was the CEO and President of Lirio, Bluegill Creative, a marketing and communications firm in Knoxville, Tennessee. In addition to managing the digital strategies, Floyd was an adjunct professor for the University of Tennessee Chattanooga MBA program teaching digital strategies and social media. Floyd blogs at and tweets under the name @jfloyd. Jeremy is licensed to practice law in the State of Tennessee and holds a law degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree from MTSU in English and Philosophy.

  • Leah Baker

    I know that our scars do change the way we live our life but God brings us a healing of sorts or a redirection with the people that he brings into our lives. I am so glad that God brought Kelly and Doug into my life and I can guarantee that the mark they leave is as life changing as some of the scars that I carry with me.

    This whole experience that they have allowed me to share from the outside has caused me to wonder, how many people can benefit from the life I can give them; not just the physical body but my time, my laughter, my wisdom. God helps us all help each other.

    Thanks to you Izaak for showing me that there are youth that are able to see outside their experience and step into God’s will for the rest of all of our lives.

  • As the father of Doug and Jeremy and friend of Izaak I can only be amazed at what I see and feel right now at how God has enriched these young lives and brought them to a place of full responsibility with realities of life. To say I am a proud parent would be an understatement. Not proud as in pride, but proud as in filled with joy in the character and integrity they now possess. Not only will Izaak and Doug always be close to each other but to us as well and to his parents Donna and Tim. What a blessing. Thanks to all who have prayed on behalf Doug and Izaak. Because of your prayers, we knew no anxiety but only joy in what God did before our very eyes.

  • Dear Doug!

    How wonderful and miraculous to hear you are doing well! A miracle — plain and simple. And what a joy to see some pics of you. I am sending great big prayers your way from Pennsylvania and will continue to lift up you and Izaak.

    Izaak — what a beautiful gift you have given of yourself.

    Kelly — I miss you so much sometimes. You give that guy of yours a big hug from me.

    Jeremy — I don’t believe we have ever met, but I’ll tell you the pics brought tears to my eyes. And the links on your site allowed me to show my little girls and my hubby pictures of Kelly & Doug, what a treat, as I’ve spoken of them often; especially in recent weeks. This was a blessing to my heart.

    Looking forward to watching your continuing miracle…

    Hugggz from PA,


  • Maria Richardson

    Wow. You guys are so amazing, and so is God’s work in your lives. We’ll keep you close to our hearts and in our prayers. So awesome to see a pic of Doug and Isaak looking so well.


  • I was scanning something else about this on another blog. Interesting. Your perspective on it is diametrically opposed to what I read to begin with. I am still mulling over the diverse points of view, but I’m inclined heavily toward yours. And irrespective, that’s what is so super about modern democracy and the marketplace of ideas on-line.