He was 'found faithful' in every way, I am sure.
I left the funeral, realizing once again how short our time on this earth is, and how much more I want to make of whatever is left of my own time here. I am not being morbid, I promise, just thinking in terms of eternity. There was no question that Mr.Bob lived his life in light of eternity. His funeral was all about the Lord. There was no question as to his vocation or his advocation - he was a soldier in God's army. Instead of having to look for kind and positive things to say about Mr. Bob, there was so much to be said that it had to be severely condensed - just the highlights, a very brief glimpse into his character. A few weeks ago while teaching the adult Bible class he talked about going to heaven - deciding the first person he was going to hug was Jesus, and then their son Marc who preceded him in death almost 25 years ago. He left instructions for his funeral, 'Don't talk about me - talk about Jesus!'
I want my funeral to be like Mr. Bob's. Not that I have any thought of accomplishing all that he did, or of influencing as many as he did. God didn't make me the outgoing, hug everybody, super intelligent, traveled the world but never met a stranger, witness to everybody kind of person that He made Mr. Bob. I am quiet, shy even and my circle of influence is very small - but I want to love God fully and love my family just like Mr.Bob did. Right where I am, just as God designed me, I want to be 'that man'.
And when I die, please don't talk about me - just talk about Jesus. With God's help, I'll try to live my life so that will be just the natural thing to do, just like it was yesterday for our friend and brother in the Lord, Mr. Bob.
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