Today marks 31 months since a really amazing man left this earth to be in heaven with Jesus for eternity.
Greg had so many wonderful qualities about him that I fell in love with. If you've followed my blogs long enough, you might already know some of these qualities and if you were lucky enough to meet Greg in person then you've probably seen them first hand!
Greg was such a loving guy. He had his flaws but he strived to daily live out the Fruits of the Spirit. He was not just doing this to do it. He lived it, these characteristics were a part of his very being.
Granted we all struggle and we are far from perfect. Greg experienced many struggles himself and like the rest of humanity, he was far from perfect. He had qualities that were not what he should have had. We had an honest relationship and I was fully aware of these issues and we addressed them and were working on them.
While Greg had his flaws, what attracted me to him first and foremost was his heart. The man just had this loving and caring nature about him. He just genuinely loved people. He was a quiet and at times shy but humbled man. Greg never met a stranger, never met someone he would not go out of his way to help or to have a conversation with or to pray with or show compassion to. The love just flowed from him, as did kindness, gentleness, joy, patience (he had to have the patience of a saint to handle my crazy life), peace, goodness, self control.
One of the last memories I have of Greg and I is the evening before his accident. I was having a horrible day, I was very distraught and upset. Everything was upsetting me. Honestly I think my spirit just knew, something just wasn’t right and I was very emotional. During that time I’m crying and upset, and Greg just holds me in his arms and starts to sing the hymn “It Is Well” (with my soul) just mere hours before leaving this Earth.
Some people like to think of living life in terms of leaving behind a legacy when they die.
When I think of Greg and all that he gave to the world; I think of how he was as a Christian, as a person and how he loved others.
To me that is Greg’s legacy.
To love Christ first (John 3:16), to “take up your cross daily and follow him” (Luke 9:23), to have the qualities and characteristics of the fruits of the spirit and exhibit them daily and to love others as Christ loves us.
What a better legacy to leave for your loved ones to carry on. An example of a man who, while flawed, lived to show Jesus to the world; through his beliefs, actions and love for others.
Since losing Greg I have strived to carry on his legacy and to be a better person.
In my own walk with Christ I seek to deny myself, to live out the Fruits of the Spirit and to love others as Christ loves us. I love that I not only have Christ as the perfect example of this but that I also have Greg’s example as well.
Do you have a favorite memory of Greg, or have you heard a story about him that makes you smile? Were you influenced by how he loved others? Did he show gentleness, kindness, compassion, love, etc towards you?
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