Be The Person Everyone Wants To Know

An acquaintance of mine passed away recently and his community subsequently celebrated his life. I cannot help but reflect on the celebration service and his life.

I wrestled with sharing in this case because I don’t want anyone invading the family’s privacy, but I think we can all learn from this man’s example. Those in the community will know who I am writing about, but I won’t identify.

This man was referred to as the type of person everyone wants to know…a rare person indeed. Beautiful and beneficial themes surfaced that point toward why he will (and should) be remembered so fondly.

Don’t wait to:

Show kindness

Care

Show love

Have fun

Be spontaneous

He was a role model for this…

In remembering our mortality we are reminded to embrace each day.

Be in community

We all engage in activities with people, but are we truly in community?

Are we kind to everyone? Are we getting to know the people around us? Are we allowing others to know us? Are we role modeling, teaching, and learning? Are we waiting for those we have beaten at the finish line to celebrate the race and congratulating those who beat us to the line? Are we helping others improve even when it might mean they could surpass us in the future? Are we helping up those who have fallen?

Put simply, are we for and with those around us?

He was!

Don’t judge people based on their worst moment(s)

We all make mistakes…some are quite harmful to others, sometimes even to people we love. We must not judge people based on their worst moments. Jesus doesn’t. He sees us as people he loves and died for…

Grace abounds!

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Comments

6 comments on “Be The Person Everyone Wants To Know”
  1. John Pryor says:

    Thank you for sharing!:)

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    1. Todd Darnold says:

      You are welcome!

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  2. big D says:

    Your last bullet point brought tears to my eyes. For 3 days I tried to put words together as I was asked to say a few words, it was very hard and the night before, I still didn’t have much on paper. I am not a public speaker by any means and get emotional very easily, so I was afraid I would start cry or be unable to speak. I decided that morning I was going to speak from my heart and not use any notes, but that was the one thing I knew I had to say. Thank you for sharing. ❤

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    1. Todd Darnold says:

      You did a fantastic job in a very difficult situation!!!

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    2. CD says:

      Amen ❤️

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  3. Clark Doukas says:

    I will only remember him hiw he was everyt that he saw me, my wife, or my kids. He smiled and made my day each and every time. He never judged, never complained, and was a true friend. Love ya

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