So blessed…

{This blog post was written on September 25th, 2009}

I have the God-given blessing of two of the best friends I believe a person has ever had, they are Beverly and Truman Good. (and he lives up to his name)

Truman has been an influence in my life since before I transitioned to Sarasota from Amarillo, Beverly since the first day I visited in search of God’s will for my families life, and ministry. Truman served as a member of the search committee that the Lord used to lead me here, and has been used of God in my life every since then, in more ways then I can express. His dear wife Beverly instantly endeared herself to my heart as my true sister, and I love them both very, very much. Over the past eighteen years, we have shared so much, their family and mine. I have had the Joy and privilege of officiating in all four of their children’s weddings. We have shared in the joy of becoming Grandparents, consoled one another in the passing of parents, and walked together in serving the Lord together, which included the starting of Grace Covenant Church, and so much more.

This year has been a year of change, and once again, of transition.
This is the year that Bev. and Truman will retire to their Log Home in the Tennessee Mountains. This is the year I will see my two best friends move away, not from my heart, never from my heart, but away none-the-less.

As I think about the influence of these two, precious, GODLY, loving, amazing people; all I can think is that I did nothing to deserve them, or their love.
They Chose To Love My Family.
They chose to be the most incredible people I have known in my life.
They chose to love us.

Over the years we have had so many opportunities for long, extended times of fellowship and interaction. Many times in our conversations they would talk about the people who influenced them, and helped make them who they are today. How those people were extraordinary, and how they gave of themselves, to benefit others, all for the love they had for the Lord. They knew that the age old proverb was true, “To have a friend, you must first be a friend”
My life is so greatly enriched by their chose to be my friend.

“As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” – Proverbs 27:17

This is the verse I see that has been brought to life by my relationship with Bev. and Truman. I’m not claiming that I’m all that sharp, but I am stating as fact, I am a man improved, by the enhancement of their influence.

I need to apply what I have learned, and invest what I have received. I need to continue what has been passed down to them, and through them, to me.

Thank you Beverly, Thank You Truman. I love you.

Thank you Lord, for the gift of friends.

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