I have been thinking lately about the dear folks who peopled my childhood, youth and early walk with God. Many of them have now gone to be with Jesus. I am often reminded of how they shaped me by their words or their example.
For some (morbid?) reason I once memorized Ecclesiastes 7:2: “Death is the destiny of every man; the living should take this to heart.” Cheerful verse, right? Yet, I find this verse coming to mind more and more often as I get older. I want to “take it to heart” that life is short; and also, that I have the astounding opportunity to touch the lives around me with the gospel. So, in an attempt to honor the legacy of those who have gone before me, I thought I would tell you a few stories about the power of influence in my life. Maybe in the telling, these stories will inspire you. Stay tuned.