So my God cousin posts two different statuses about how he is missing the men who have passed on in his life (his grandfather is in hospice at the moment with a bleak report) While I am one to say, “when the doctor says no, what does God say?” his statuses actually made me think about something.
I have, for a long time believed that when people pass on, in many cases, it may be because God knows that the people here on earth may not grow in the was that He desires (among other things). With that, he named people who were a part of my life as well; a list that could cause me to cry as well, if I were so inclined.
I understand the hurt that is caused by losing a pawpaw: believe me that I do. But we are still here on this earth; we are the ones who sat under their teachings, received their gifts, love and occasional harassment. We remember the sound advice, or outlandish statements that helped us to admire and relate to them (or sometimes not relate to them). In any case, they helped us to feel comfortable and loved when, in many cases, we could not feel that level acceptance from anyone else. We may not have known everything about them, how they made the best (insert noun here), how they got so good at (insert verb here), or why they had no interest in (noun-or-verb-goes-here) but we know that we had a connection that we still tend to feel after they are gone.
So, since we are still here, what are we going to do with all of the things that we have learned? I fear that sometimes if we look at how people are going on and growing older, we will abdicate our responsibility as the youngest adults. We are the grandma’s and grandpas of the next generation, whether we can see it or not, and it seems fitting that in respect to those who have passed on and that have poured into us, that we insure that we give honor where honor is due. Live the legacy that they saw in you, live it to the glory of God, That the teaching of those before us would not be in vain.
Here is my unsolicited reply to your statuses, may you find it and not be offended by it.