I drove across rural West Tennessee to attend a funeral this morning. It was a memorial event for a man who died too soon…much too young.
I only knew this fellow by our interactions through the University of Tennessee at Martin. He was heavily involved in our fundraising and advocacy efforts. I considered him to be a tireless promoter of education.
But at his memorial service, I learned much more about him. I learned of his roles as a husband, a father and a grandfather. I learned about his love of music and how he played the piano growing up in church.
The most powerful comment, however, came when the minister spoke of his decades of teaching Sunday School classes. The preacher said, “as good as Melvin was at preaching God’s Word, he was even better at living it out. His daily walk was a Sunday School lesson.”
It’s a reminder that studying the word of God is important. But living it is equally as important.
“By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:35
I’ve thought about that statement all afternoon as I drove home. Is my walk a living example of the teachings of Jesus?
My prayer this week is to be aware of my influence. How can I show God’s love through my daily interactions with family, friends and coworkers? How can I show gentleness and grace to others during this holiday season and beyond?
I want to be intentional about my walk with Jesus…and how that flows into everything else I do.
Please let me know how I may pray for you.
13 thoughts on “How to Live your Life”
What a great reflection of the morning and service for our friend,KEITH!
You are in my prayers. Please pray for China.
AMEN AND AMEN
LORD HELP ME TO shine a brighter light each and every day !
I introduced myself to you today as you were leaving Melvin’s funeral. Any time I have ever heard your name mentioned in a conversation it was apparent that your walk with Jesus is intentional. Keep on walking my friend.
Beth- it was so nice to meet you! Thanks for introducing yourself today. Would enjoy seeing you and your husband again. Go Skyhawks, Pacers and Vols!
Thanks for sharing and for the important challenge!!!
Thank you Keith for the wonderful comments, Melvin would have loved what your thoughts.
A beautiful reflection. Thanks for sharing.
Powerful stuff for sure, every day but especially in the Advent Season, Keith.
Having health issues and personal issues please pray that both clears up.
You got it!
This message really blessed me. Thank you. Please pray for me and my siblings as we endure the transition of our mother. She is currently on hospice. Blessings to you and your family.
That was a great message about Melvin and a provoking thought about our daily walk. Let our lights shine so others may see…