David McAlvany Featured Speaker For Annual Prayer Breakfast As Hundreds Gather
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The article written by Phil Anderson paints a picture of David McAlvany’s life. At the Prayer breakfast, David touched on his past life and how rebellion and forgiveness brought him to the place he is now. Through his life experiences, he emphasizes love, loyalty and forgiveness in his book “The Intentional Legacy.”
David McAlvany, the featured speaker at Wednesday morning’s 58th annual Kansas Prayer Breakfast, considers himself a real-life prodigal son.
McAlvany spoke before an audience of about 680 people at the prayer breakfast, which was held at the Ramada Hotel and Convention Center, 420 S.E. 6th Ave. The event was sponsored by Topeka Fellowship Inc.
“I’ll never forget the first few weeks at that Arkansas facility,” McAlvany told his audience. “Taking care of the pigs, feeding them, dragging out their troughs for washing … What I wouldn’t have given to be home again.”
Like the prodigal son in the New Testament, McAlvany eventually returned home — but he still acted out on occasion.
Finally, things came to a head. One morning, over a plate of eggs at a Waffle House, he and his dad were about to hash things out.
Bracing for his father to “lower the boom,” McAlvany said, he was astonished when his dad, with tears in his eyes, reached out to him in love, wanting to restore their relationship.
“Through his tears, he spoke of his disappointment but also his forgiveness,” McAlvany said. “He extended grace to me, and it was more than I could bear.”
McAlvany, who lives in Colorado with his wife and four children, points to that moment as a turning point in his life, where he “was learning grace, redemption and a vision for the future.”
McAlvany said a person’s legacy is determined not by possession, but rather by the many choices that are made, including some that may seem insignificant.
“You may have little,” he said. “You may have a lot. Your legacy is about what you do with those resources.”