For once, I’m at a loss of words…..or maybe a loss of where to begin or which direction to take with this blog. I’ve always loved to write…It’s free therapy, what’s not to love?! But as I type today, I’m not exactly sure which way this blog will go.
I have always been blessed with amazing examples in my life. My dad was the epitome of strength and perseverance!! My mom is one of the strongest women that I have ever met in my life! Jason and my dad have both been examples of the way that God loves us in the way that they absolutely adore their girls like they are the most amazing kids ever made! However, one of my greatest heroes has always been my grandfather!
Grampa was the most amazing, adorable, stubborn and hilarious people that I have ever met! Since he passed away Sunday night, I have thought of so many memories that I have of him. I could literally sit here all day and list memory after memory. But one of the things that stand out most is the strength of his faith.
My mom gave me journals at important times in my life (13th birthday, 16th birthday, etc.), and Grampa wrote Phil. 3:12-14 in almost every one. These encouraging verses remind me that even Paul felt he still had a long way to go to be who God wanted him to be. In the days before Grampa died (and the days since), I read these verses every morning as I was getting ready for work. “I press toward the mark.” Grampa exemplified those words. He was always going, working, helping someone, giving someone free veggie from his garden. Always making a difference wherever he went!
This teeny tiny man would never have believed how many people he influenced. I will never forget how EVERYBODY seemed to know Grampa! I couldn’t count how many times I have been asked, “Aren’t you Audie Wilson’s granddaughter?” Yep, that’s me! And then most people would go on to rave about how much they adored him.
I’ll always remember his huge smile, loud laugh, insanely hard pats on every sunburn in my life, and the way he always joked with everybody. I can only hope that I will have even half of the influence that he had only everyone he met!
Grampa, we miss you more than you know!! I know that you are no longer in pain and are probably talking everybody’s ear off……and you won’t be misspelling your words anymore 😉 I love you so much and promise to make you proud!!! “I press toward the mark!”
12 Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.
13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,
14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.