This past Saturday morning we held a Celebration service for one of our long-time faithful members of StoneBridge, Mr Pat Patterson. Pat lived 94 years on this planet and then God called him home last Thursday. At the beginning of his service they showed a slide show with pictures beginning all the way back in the early 1900’s. It was amazing to watch these images of his life from a young boy to a fighter pilot trainer during WWII to courting his wife of over 60 years to holding his kids to holding his grandkids to snow-skiing at age 80 to serving as a Wal-Mart greeter into his 90’s.
One of the verses that kept coming to mind as we reflected on his life was Colossians 3:23-24 that says, “23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, 24 since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.”
Truly, whatever Pat did, he did it faithfully and with all his heart, even something as simple as being a Wal-Mart greeter. Pat was such a legendary Wal-Mart greeter that the Conroe Courier did a special write up on him because of the impact he was having on people. God used him to change lives through his simple smiles, hand shakes and hugs that he gave out to people who desperately needed to know that someone cared. Pat was a man who lived an adventurous life and accomplished so much. In his last few years his body had grown weak and he was limited in what he could do, but he still chose to give his frail and aged body fully to God’s work and God was glorified. So whatever season we are in or whatever challenges or limitations we are facing right now, let’s take on that same attitude and say to our heavenly Father, ‘Lord, here I am, weaknesses, limitations and all, I give myself to You and Your work so that You might be known to more and more people.’