Isaiah 40

Even youths grow tired and weary,
  and young men stumble and fall;
but those who hope in the Lord
  will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
  they will run and not grow weary,
  they will walk and not be faint.

Isaiah 40:30-31

I skipped out of my regular church this Sunday. I’d been out with a friend the night before and she convinced me to return to my former church with her for a visit. A mutual friend of ours, Chris, was leading worship, and when I got there I noticed the sound man from my Christmas album was playing drums and the player from my Trusting You album was playing bass. My original drummer was up there doing vocals and Mary, who still sings with me, was doing backup vocals. Chris himself appears on three of my albums playing electric guitar. It was quite the musical dream team morning at Lake Country Church.

“You stacked the band!” I said to Chris, after the service, then I asked him how things were in his life.

“I think I’m the eagle,” he said to me. “I’m just done. I’m mad at God, and I’m not going to hide it.” Read more Isaiah 40

A Life Well-Lived

A few moments ago I was online doing research for an article I have already written about the life of a remarkable man, Bernard Camper. I wrote the text from a distorted audio file and so I needed to find verification on some dates and on spellings of names. In particular, the name Bill Newell came up. While Googling, his obituary came across my screen.

In his lifetime, Newell was Minister and District Superintendent of the Christian and Missionary Alliance Church and Director of World Vision. He was inducted into the Order of Canada for his work with World Vision. Reverend Dr. William James Newell, the obituary reads, died “Quietly and after a lifetime of faithful service.”

What an amazing statement on a person’s history. It makes you wonder, when that day comes, how will I look back on the life I’ve lived? Will I have lived for self-interest, or in a fashion which has benefited others and the world around me? What will my obituary say? 

What will your obituary say?

Today is a good day for us all to begin living in the manner for which we would wish to be remembered.

Reverend Dr. William James Newell