In early December this year, a headstone will be placed on a grave in a quiet little community in Kentucky. It is a beautiful place. A small hillside, where mature trees sway in the gentile wind. A solemn setting for the marker which will have two verses of scripture on it.
Proverbs 3:5, 6 " Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct all your paths."
Fitting scripture for a man who characterized these verses as much as anyone I know. A man who only wanted to make his life count for the cause of Christ. He walked by faith for 54 years, striving to touch each person he came into contact with. Whether encouraging them to reach beyond their own vision of themselves, aiding in ones understanding of how scripture really could make a difference in how they lived. or simply making sure they had a meal to eat and a roof over their head, Steve allowed God to guide his paths.
It's been a month now since he left us. I have reached for the phone on more than one occasion to call him and talk about church, the Reds, and the PGA tour. Each time, I was reminded that the conversation would have to wait. It will happen, just not now. Another time and another place. I am, if it is possible, more sad now than a month ago, but my faith has been made stronger.
Faith is not complete until through experiment it has become experience. So as you travel through life, leaning on your own understanding will leave you empty and hopeless. However, allowing God to "direct your paths" will enable you to experience faith beyond what you think is possible. The by product of that faith will be a life lived for the benefit of others.
Thanks Stev, for the life lessons you taught and we caught. Looks like it may be a cold December.