Its been a while since we have posted. Part of this is due to our visiting the US the past two weeks. Another part is processing the death of a dear friend.
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.
It was the stories. Those who were with him had so many stories about Evens. Stories about how he would give the shoes off his feet to someone who needed them more, and kept it a secret. Stories about all of the funny things he did like paint all over his friends before performing a dance. Stories about how he would just sit and worship with his guitar. There are so many good things said about Evens that you know that it was part of his character. He didn't have to work at it, it was part of who he was. He loved the Lord and those around him, and it was evident. It was so apart of who he was that when he became so sick that it changed his mental status, and he became agitated and aggressive, it didn't phase anyone. They knew the real Evens was still there.
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