I think that we all have people that we look up to, whether they are real or fictious. Every one of us has people that we want to be like. As I look back at my life, I can see the people that I have looked up to and how they all have impacted my life in a way. Allow me to name a few –
Pa (Larry May) -
This is my paternal grandfather. For those of you who do not know me so well, my dad was not present, even when he was physically present in my life. The man who filled the gap was my Pa. He did a lot of the things that a father would normally do, but as a grandfather. Pa also took me to church as a young kid, said bedtime prayers with me and taught me to love sports, specifically baseball. I am forever grateful to him for all of the above, and I look forward to the day that we will be able to spend eternity together in the presence of Jesus.
Yeah, I know. Allow me to explain. The Superman movies were popular when I was a kid, and I really did enjoy them. My issue was that I could never relate to the Big Blue Boy Scout. He was selfless, he did the right thing even thought he was basically all powerful simply because it was the right thing to do. I could never relate. Batman upholds justice, but still has a dark side. He does the right thing, but not always the right way. He has a dark side, but somehow does what is right and makes a difference in the world.
Jeremiah Thomas –
Yeah, he’s not famous. A college student in our church asked us to pray for a young man with a medical condition that was fighting for his life. He was a 17-year-old kid that I never met personally but followed his story through social media. All I saw was that in his suffering, God was glorified because the Gospel was proclaimed. My heart aches for his family, as I cannot fathom the pain of losing one of my teenage children. Through it all, every post shared the love of Christ and the hope we have in Him. I just saw that tonight Jeremiah went home to be with the Lord. I thank God for his faithfulness and the witness of his family. I pray that when I suffer and struggle, that I will suffer for the sake of the Gospel and that God would be glorified in me as it was in this young man. He truly has become a hero of mine.
I think of the words of Paul “ For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come. 7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8 Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing.”
2 Timothy 4:6-8