Last weekend, I (Marilyn) had the privilege of celebrating a life well-lived. After experiencing a rare vascular rupture on February 28, Yvonne experienced stroke-like symptoms, entered into a deep coma, and tragically never recovered. Her memorial service was heart-wrenching and emotional, and yet it was one of the most God-honoring memorial services I’ve ever attended. Yvonne truly was amazing. Hundreds came to the service – friends and family whose days had been brightened by her joy-filled smile and whose lives have been forever changed by her generosity. In her short 41 years, Yvonne touched so many lives!
During the memorial service, several of her close friends mentioned how committed she was to studying the Bible and spending one-on-one time with God in prayer. I honestly had no idea about that personal part of Yvonne’s life. What I did know was that she radiated joy and invested selflessly in the lives of those around her. She discipled high schoolers, led small groups, and opened up her heart and her home to family, friends, and co-workers. Yes, God was glorified through her personal prayer life. But His glory was made known to countless others because her rich relationship with Christ compelled her to action.
Friend, how will your faith compel you to action for the sake of God’s glory?
John 13:34-35 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”