We lost another great man.
His death didn’t make the national news or headlines. He wasn’t a “celebrity”. But this week we lost another hero. A beloved family man, faithful Christian, steward of creation, loyal citizen and humble military veteran completed his earthly mission. His loss will be felt by many, especially his family. When I reflect upon his life, I am reminded of Abraham,
“Abraham breathed his last and died in a ripe old age, an old man and satisfied with life; and he was gathered to his people.” Genesis 25:8
Our dear friend indeed had a ripe and satisfied life. While some measure life according to material possessions and professional success, the richness and satisfaction of his life was found in the immaterial, the irreplaceable, those unquantifiable traits like love, loyalty, faithfulness, reverence, honor, humility, generosity and the desire to leave everything a little better than it was when he arrived. He achieved it.
While it is true, he did achieve success according to the world’s standards, it was attained through honest, hard work. It was not attained in order to flaunt or live a lavish lifestyle. In fact, he lived a modest life with no fanfare or display. He lived a life of service that was not limited to his military career but was a thread running throughout his life. Quietly, discreetly often unknown by anyone except perhaps his devoted wife – he labored, served and shared generously with others. The life he lived served as a powerful example and his children and grandchildren continue to follow that pattern.
Are you satisfied?
Does your life reflect contentment with who you are, what you are, the blessings you possess and the fact that regardless of your financial status, you are considered among the wealthiest most affluent people on the planet? Most importantly, will your legacy be one of self-less service, commitment to family, and faithfulness to the God that created and gifted you? On this Memorial Day weekend, as we pay tribute to those who sacrificed so much that we might live (and live abundantly in this country), let us also reflect on what contribution we are making and what legacy we will leave.
Goodbye, dear friend and thank you for your legacy. You most assuredly have heard, “Well, done, good and faithful servant. . . ”