But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life is being demanded of you. And the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’ So it is with those who store up treasures for themselves but are not rich toward God.” Luke 12:20-21
There is always that one person who has “it”. The rest of us, like the landowner in Luke 12, may need a sharp rap on the head to properly balance the material and spiritual realms. But we all know that someone who walks the walk, talks the talk, and persistently encourages us to do the same. My friend Gloria was just that example.
She was a shoe-leather evangelist. Gloria learned everyone's name and never forgot. She'd walk up to anyone and ask them, well, almost anything. A relentless recruiter for church activities both large and small, when she caught your eye and asked, “Do you have a minute?”, you were anthropomorphically transformed into something between a deer in the headlights and a wriggling fish on a hook. Helpless in light of what was to come.
Yet, nobody really minded. OK, a possible moment of annoyance. But we all recognized that God was using Gloria and her very special gifts his precise purposes, strengthening the body of Christ and raising up leaders. When she “nailed us” we knew that the Father, Son, Holy Spirit, as well as Gloria were offering an opportunity to further God's Kingdom. Such a powerful and personally delivered offer is hard to refuse. Countless individuals over the decades have responded to the traditional group icebreaker “So what brought you here?” with three words: “Gloria asked me”. 'Nuff said.
The world is a lesser place without you, friend. Blessed Homecoming!
Mary Beth Frederick