Author's Note: Much is influencing us these days; our culture, our government, friends, family, but, what about the influence of God on our lives? Shouldn't He be influencing everything? Even the most mundane activities should be under His influence. So, my question for you is R U Influenced?
This special release is in honor of my father-in-law, James Marshall, who slipped into eternity through that portal we call death on this date two years ago…
I was standing in the stark hospital room which was now bare and the painfully silent. All of his personal effects had been removed. His lifeless body lay on the bed awaiting funeral home personnel and one last ride. But then, his daughter saw them…his shoes tucked neatly under his bed. She was not going to let anyone forget his shoes. She grabbed them up and with them she grabbed the memory of a great man. When a man leaves this world there are few items that represent is existence on this earth better than his shoes. Two years ago today, my father-in-law left his shoes and I will spend the rest of my life trying to fill them for he lived his life ever aware of the legacy he would one day leave. The neat thing is that I actually would count it an honor to ‘fill his shoes.’ Sadly, the shoes many men and women will one day leave aren’t worth filling for they have not understood that to live is to live toward a legacy built around a relationship with God. With the help of the Holy Spirit, God expects us to do our best to love him wholeheartedly, love and serve others, share our faith, and to live obediently according to Scripture. Consider this sober fact…one day your room will also fall eerily silent and you will leave your shoes…will anyone want to fill them?
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Wade B. Mumm, PhD