Last Tuesday, I lost a friend to Covid-19. I know it can happen to anyone. I just didn’t think it would hit me this close to home. I met Jennifer more than 7 years ago. One of my favorite memories with her is when her sweet oldest son took my daughter to a dance. We got such a kick out of “grilling” Jakob on how he was going to treat McKenna that night. He was a class act because he had a classy mom.
In the last week, there has been post after post on Facebook, people shocked at the fact she’s gone. Story after story leaped off the page.
“She listened to me.”
“She gave me wise advice.”
“She was funny.”
“She loved Jesus.”
“She brought me back to church.”
“She was an amazing mom and wife.”
“She was generous to everyone.”
Literally hundreds of people have written about how she touched their lives in some way or another. And it got me to thinking, what impact will I leave when my time on earth is done? You see, Jennifer was a Christian, and she lived that faith out every day of her life. She honored her husband and you could see their love. Her children were her heritage from the Lord and she was so proud of them. She took seriously the commands to love one another, take care of the less fortunate, and spread the good news of Jesus. She wasn’t ashamed of who she was and took pride in knowing she was a child of the King.
Are we the same way? There are so many verses in the bible that tell us how to live our life.
“Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will reward them for what they have done.” –Proverbs 19:17
“In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” –Matthew 5:16
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” –Romans 15:13
“And He said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.” –Mark 16:15
I want to have the kind of impact that Jennifer had on people. She didn’t just give lip service. She didn’t do ‘just enough’ to earn Jesus-brownie-points. With her interactions among strangers, acquaintances, friends, or family, our Creator was the center of it all. She lived every day like she was in the presence of God because she knew she was. She was filled with the Holy Spirit as a believer.
I pray that the light of Jesus can shine through me as much as it did in her. My prayer for my life is that people see how God impacted me to impact them.
We’ll miss you, Jennifer. We were blessed to know you. You are assuredly a beautiful example of a Godly woman.