by Rusty Stowe - Senior Adult Minister
On the first day of a new semester of college, a professor introduced himself to his new class of freshmen and challenged them to get to know someone they didn't already know. One young man felt a touch on his shoulder and when he turned around he found a little, wrinkled old lady beaming up at him. She said, "Hi, handsome, my name is Rose, I am 86 years old. Can I give you a hug?" The young man laughed and said, "I wish you would!" Then the young man asked Rose, "What are you doing in college at your age?" And Rose answered, "I am looking for a rich, young man who will marry me, have a couple of kids and then retire so we can travel!" Then Rose grinned and said, "I've always wanted to get a college education and now I have the opportunity to do just that."
The story goes on to tell how Rose completed her course requirements but then two weeks before graduation Rose died very peacefully in her sleep. Over 2,000 college students attended her funeral service in tribute to a woman who taught by example that it is never too late to make a difference.
The words of Jesus are recorded for us in Revelation 2:10; "Be faithful, even to the point of death and I will give you life as your victor's crown." As we experience this thing called life, we need to ask the question, "What really matters?" As we move into a new and exciting time for our church family, we need to see how we can be encouragers! Just like Rose, a little hug might just be what someone needs from you. Maybe it is time for us to lead by example where we want others to follow.