This is not the post I had planned to publish today. However, this has been heavy on my heart today…
Monday, I was reminded once again how brief life is.
Last year, a fellow youth leader had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Shortly after, he stepped back from the youth group. We thought he was doing well. That was not the case.
He was diagnosed with Carcinosarcoma cancer 8 days ago.
At approximately 5am September 7th, 2011 Steve passed away. He was only 54.
It seems far too young for a man to die.
However, he lived a life worthy of following.
The teenagers in our youth group loved him. And he loved the kids. He was affectionately referred to as Papa Steve.
He had the love and admiration of his two sons. The love of his wife.
Through the pain of the cancer, he shone the love of Christ to his caregivers, friends and family.
I believe that is the true mark of a man.
Laugh when you can, apologize when you should, and let go of what you can’t change. Kiss slowly, play hard, forgive quickly, take chances, give everything and have no regrets. Life’s too short to be anything but happy.
Take time today to tell your loved ones that you love them. That you value them. That they mean the world to you.