Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Live Like You Were Dying

Today is a very sad day. Today, the world is a lonelier place.

Today, Eric's brother, Mark, lost a long and courageous battle with leukemia. He was 54.

Mark lived life to the fullest and saw many places most "rednecks" would never dream of. Yes, he was a Redneck and proud of it! But he was not your normal redneck. He could drive a tractor one day and the next, be on his $8,000 bike, training for the upcoming Livestrong race. He could hunt and fish but also scuba dive and golf. He was a retired police officer and a Marine who received a Purple Heart in Vietnam. He was a storyteller of grand proportions and always had a joke to share. He was the type of person who would help anyone with anything. His most important title? Grandpa.

More than anything, he was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, uncle, brother and friend.

To be sad for him would only be selfish for me. I know he is with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, in a place far more wonderful than any of us can imagine. And yet still, I miss him already, and know life will be a lot lonelier place, without his laughter and encouraging words.

Mark knew for a long time that he only had a limited amount of time. He lived his life fully, with great purpose and vigor. He lived his life like the man in Tim McGraw's song, "Live Like You Were Dying". Listen to the lyrics, and you will know how Mark lived his life.

We should all live like we were dying. We should all live like Mark.

1 comment:

Christina said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. Mark sounds like a very special man.