Our friend and fellow staff member Evens Charles died on November 14 from a hard battle with Hodgkin's Lymphoma and ultimately, liver failure. I am the first to admit that I did not know Evens in the intimate way that many others on our base did, but I think this gave me a unique perspective on how he lived his life. I know this seems very backwards, but just bear with me.
About three years ago, it was spoken over me that I would leave a good legacy. I had not clue what this meant, and I still don't completely understand, but it has sparked an interest in me that has lead me to seek out its meaning. And with Evens' passing, I think I understand just a bit more.
2 leg·a·cy noun \ˈle-gə-sē\:something that happened in the past or that comes from someone in the past
So, here is my thought process so far. Its a work in progress, I know I have much to learn an process, an God reveals new things on this topic to me all the time.
To leave a good legacy, you have to live the life that people will remember, the life that will encourage those who knew you, and possibly even those who didn't know you. Live a life so full of God, so immersed in his love and will for your life that the people around you can't help but to see HIM in everything you do.
That was Evens.
You will be missed my friend. Your Legacy is being passed on.
2 Timothy 4:6-8 (NLT)
As for me, my life has already been poured out as an offering to God. The time of my death is near. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful. And now the prize awaits me—the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give me on the day of his return. And the prize is not just for me but for all who eagerly look forward to his appearing.
In Memory of Evens Charles
October 1, 1990- November 14, 2014