Loss of a friend
While I was at church yesterday, I received an email saying that my friend Bill Varner had passed away. Bill loved life and lived to serve people. He was someone who I looked up to. Even though my friend Bill is gone, he will never be forgotten. It will be easy to see things that remind me of the times that we spent together. The things that we talked about it. The passion he had for the church, his friends, and for Central Christian College of the Bible. Even though he is gone, the people who knew him have to move forward with their own lives.
As I read the email about Bill, I could not help but to think about how people dwell on this past day, month, and year. Just like at the end of Bill’s life, we reflect on his life and accomplishments, at the end of 2017 we have a chance to reflect on our lives this past year. We have a chance to lay 2017 down to rest, as we decide to move forward with our everyday lives. Everyday in 2018, I will be reminded of the good, bad, and the ugly of 2017, but I need to push forward. Just like with Bill, if we dwell on the past, we will never be able to move forward. If we do not move forward, we will never be able to carry out bigger and better goals.
3 Lessons learned
The passing of Bill taught me three different lessons about moving into the future, goals, dreams, and failures
- Take time to Reflect – Take the time to remember the good, bad, and ugly. At Bill’s funeral, we will take the time to remember him and lay him to rest. As the year ends, take the time to remember the events in your life, and then lay down 2017 so that you can move forward.
- Take time to learn – Without taking the time to learn from the past, we will never be able to move forward. Bill taught me so many lessons about life. Unless I learn from his service and our long chats, the things I learned from him become meanless. Unless I learn from the past, I am doomed to repeat the same mistakes.
- Take the time to own – 2018 can be a difficult year if we dwell on what we lost in 2017. The people that we lost. The time we lost. The things we did not accomplish. Not measuring up. Failing at our goals. BUT the awesome thing about 2018 is that we get a new chance. A new start. A new opportunity.
While we have all lost something and someone, the real question here becomes, what are you going to do to make this year better than 2017. Why are you going to succeed? What is going to be different?
Thanks Bill Varner for living and serving!!