On May 20,1999, God called my dad home. As the days after followed and my mother and I began going through his belongings, we found notes, Scripture notes, on paper everywhere: in his coat pockets, in his pant pockets, in his satchel, his Bible, drawers, etc. What we discovered in the days that followed were an unbelievable testimony to who Daddy was and how God was using him.
As the days passed, people came to the house to pay their respects. What we found out from those visits is that while Daddy was on duty as a police officer, he spent as much time as he could sharing the Gospel with others. He shared with teenagers, the elderly, the other officers, the cashier at McDonalds, everybody. And, then, any spare time he had that he wasn't patrolling the streets or talking with others, he was reading the Word of God and taking notes.
At first, upon this discovery, we had to wonder if Dad knew he was about to die? It seemed unlikely. He was only 50 and suffered a massive heart attack as a result of heat exhaustion. It was his day off and he was in the back yard cutting down a dead tree. No, we finally came to the realization that this was who Daddy was and this is what he had decided to do with his life. We will not ever know the full extent of how God used my dad in his lifetime, but I can almost guarantee God used my dad to plant many seeds in the hearts of the people he came in contact with over his years on this earth.
What will people say about us when we die? Will they say that we lived a life that shined for Jesus?
“Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:15-17 (NIV)
May everything that you do, say and think, reflect the light that shines in you.