Two days ago, I said good-bye to Larry Patton. He has been a great friend, and one who has served by my side at First Christian Church for the past 30 years. Larry wore a smile on his face; had a song in his heart; and, he was an asset to my ministry.
As a tribute to him, I want to share the comments I made at his funeral. Here are Ten Lessons from the Life of Larry:
- Life is a song, so sing it (Psalm 100).
- Pursue Harmony (Romans 12:17-18).
- Live life in the Key of C—Be compassionate (Romans 12:10).
- Short men walk tall when they reach out to help people (Romans 12:15).
- When you show-up, show-off your faith (James 2:18).
- New commands should become old habits (John 13:34-35).
- If you’re going to be a bear, be a burden-bearer (Galatians 6:1-2).
- The best way to stay in-tune is to make the most of opportunity (Galatians 6:10).
- When you have to speak, say it with love (Ephesians 4:15).
- When life turns sour, stay sweet (Romans 8:18).
When I think of Larry, I think of Psalm 37:23: The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, and He delights in his way.
I thank God for the way you shared your wit, wisdom, and gifts for God’s glory. May your influence live long in the life of your family and in the life of FCC.