A Pastor Remembered

Today was a crazy day at work. I won't go into it, but sometimes life gets so frustrating you just want to kick something.

There's a sad story I've been sitting on the past couple of days because I wasn't sure what to do with it. This past Sunday morning there was a horrible accident at the University Baptist Church in Waco, Texas. UBC was planted by Chris Seay [who now pastors a church on Houston] and David Crowder. Their current pastor, Kyle Lake, was baptizing some people when he reached for a microphone and was electrocuted. He was only 33. Kyle left behind a wife and three young children. It's an incredibly horrible situation and it'll take a long time for the church and people who knew him to overcome this loss.

Although I knew little about Kyle and his ministry, times like this make you reflect on life, death and the lives you've touched in your life. Here is a transcript from the last sermon that Kyle ever preached that very morning he died. It's amazing how, as preacher, you never what a difference your words will make. Kyle was preaching for people, but he was also delivering his last sermon. He are a few of the words he spoke. It's certainly powerful . . .

"Live. And Live Well. BREATHE. Breathe in and Breathe deeply. Be PRESENT. Do not be past. Do not be future. Be now. On a crystal clear, breezy 70 degree day, roll down the windows and FEEL the wind against your skin. Feel the warmth of the sun. If you run, then allow those first few breaths on a cool Autumn day to FREEZE your lungs and do not just be alarmed. Be ALIVE."

No amount of crazy days could ever make me forsake the blessing of life. Reading those words of Kyle's makes you want to be alive, doesn't it? Now that's a good life lived. Why not try living it for all it's worth today.