I have been honored to speak on how my Grandfather has invested in my life at his funeral. This is an honor considering the impact that he had on so many lives and the mark that he left on my life. To me he was more than just a Grandfather. I have seen him first hand do so many things for others as I was growing up, with no thought of what he would get in return.
One of the greatest impacts he had on me was his devotion as I started my journey into ministry. He was there the day I announced publicly the steps I would take towards ministry. From that time on he made it a point to be at most of the services that I was a part of being one of my biggest fans in ministry. He saw something in me that at times I was not able to see in myself and always encouraged me to continue on. His life and impact on me can be summed up by one defining moment for me about four years ago. The following is my remembrance of him that I will share at his funeral.
Thinking back on my closest memories and how I want to remember Grandpa I can recognize one event. At Grandma’s bedside shortly after she died, with all of his Children and a good portion of the grandchildren there at in the hospital room; he reached over put his hand on Grandmothers shoulder and spoke with authority and sincerity as he addressed us. While I can’t remember word for word what was said this is the gist of his heart.
My wife, your mother, your Grandmother has lived a life of worth. She has lived in front of you a life well lived. She loved and shared the joys and tears of life with no thought for herself. She has been a great mother, and an excellent wife. We have all had a loss but know that her pain, and physical condition is no longer an issue. She is taking part in her reward that God has for her. If you want to see her again, live a life that is worthy of such a reward. Pattern your life after the life that she lived and the God that She served.
These words were spoken with sincere devotion to his wife and yet may seem simple they were a profound challenge to us. I felt him saying, Live a life of worth, simplicity, and devotion.
As I reflect on all that Grandpa means to me it makes me realize that Grandpa was a standard in everything he did, his Speech, Character, and Faithfulness. My remembrance has allowed me to understand that he lived not for himself, but for others. If we are to make a difference and impact in those around us that is how our life should be lived.
Today as we remember and celebrate his life and his reward that he has labored for, I believe his call to us would be to live with simplicity. Take every moment as a gift and leave a mark on those around you.