“Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.” 1Co 11:1 NIV
Ralph Waldo Emerson usually greeted Henry David Thoreau by asking, “What has become clearer since last we met?” The late Fred Smith liked to ask that question too. A lifelong friend of Billy Graham, Zig Ziglar and Ken Blanchard, Smith mentored a generation of leaders. But more importantly, he was the real deal at home. He believed the words: “Tell your children and grandchildren…the incredible things I am doing” (Ex 10:2 TLB). Fred’s daughter Brenda shares some Scriptures she learned from her dad. Let’s look at them: “Love never fails” (1Co 13:8 NAS). When Fred’s doctors said he was dying, Brenda said, “No, I’ll take him home and he’ll live.” She did, and he did. Many older people who die of “natural causes” actually die of loneliness. Love is still our healthiest environment; it’s God’s greatest gift to us, and ours to one another. “Tribulation produces perseverance” (Ro 5:3 NKJV). Don’t miss the good in the bad. Trials can be negative or positive, depending on how you use them. Type A people expect life to run on their schedule, but tribulation has its own agenda and pace, and patience is the only antidote. “Don’t burn out; keep yourselves fueled” (Ro 12:11 TM). The director of a big company confirms that engineers who retire without a plan to stay busy, often die within sixteen months. By not staying involved in life you are subconsciously giving yourself permission to die. Fred Smith’s philosophy was: you can’t let up, and keep up. Paul said, “As long as I’m alive…there is good work for me to do” (Ph 1:22 TM). And there is for you too.
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