The Loves of My Life

The Loves of My Life

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Well Done My Good and Faithful Servant

Today i attended the memorial service for Roy Reiswig and it was a beautiful celebration & tribute to the life he lived.

Roy is one of my best friend's father. He was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's at 52.....and at 61 on Nov. 4th he left his body wilting away here on earth and flew away to be with his heavenly father.

He was a man that lived out his life faithfully in such an exemplary way. He lived the kind of life that many wish they could and He was intentional about loving his God, His wife and his family.

There were many wonderful things that were said at his memorial. But the most striking one to me came from his son Mark. Mark shared that although is dad was a minister for most of his life, he didn't let that define who he was. His dad showed him that it wasn't what he did that defined him....but who he was and who he belonged to.

Maybe it's because my husband is a pastor that I could resonate with what he was saying. But I also think it was because sometimes we get caught up in what we do as an occupation that we let THAT define us.

and that's not really who we are..... husband is so much more than just a pastor......and I am so much more than a stay at home mom......

I am a child of God, and my husband is a child of God...... And in having that knowledge I can only hope that when my life ends i will be remembered for being intentional about loving my God, my husband and my family.


Anonymous said...

I am assuming this is Melinda's father. Please give her my condolences. Thanks for sharing this news with us. -Kellianne

Kimmy (aka Kim) said...

I agree and I really pondered what Mark said as well. Roy was an incredible example to live by. Being a minister, musician, teacher, missionary is one thing, but being a child of the Father should be our foremost aspiration. Roy did a fine job at first being a child of the Father then everything else fell into place along the way.

Heidi said...

Wow.... this one really got me thinking. I can identify with the pastor thing; my dad was a music minister and my husband is a children's pastor.

But I took it a different way...

I get really wrapped up in what people think of me. So, what I think they think of me becomes my identity. Of course there are some serious problems with that line of thinking:

1) I don't know what people are thinking so how can I be the person I think they want me to be;

2)Half the time I feel like I'm performing because I want to make sure that everyone looks upon me favorably.

You reminded me that God knows me and loves me - and wants me to be the person He created me to be; not what I think everyone else wants me to be.

nabz said...

it was really neat to see you on satuday and i also blogged on Roy's memorial/celebration as he inspired me, too! i only pray that my life one day will do the same for someone else.

nabz said...

hope you don't mind i added your blog to my list.