For the last few weeks I’ve been sharing some of the life lessons that Pastor Milo had demonstrated to me. I’ve spoken about how a pastor should be humble, how a pastor should be a shepherd, and how a pastor should speak words of substance. I would like to conclude this series by writing about how Pastor Milo inspired me.
As you think about the pastors you have known, maybe you can recall those that have influenced you. You can think of the life changing messages they shared. You remember their godly attitudes, or their good examples of service to you. Maybe you have been inspired by a pastor. You’ve seen his clear leadership gifts and how many people have been influenced as a result of his ministry. It is true that a pastor is in a role where he could inspire people.
Pastor Milo inspired me. He inspired me in relationships with other people. He always seemed to take time to speak to people in order to care for them. This convicts me, because I move so fast at times. I need to stop and listen to the precious people in our church. I was inspired to grow in humility and selfless love. It was an inspiration to see the impact a godly man can have on a church family over an extended period.
As I sat at his visitation a few weeks ago, somebody talked to me about the influence Pastor Milo had on his life. As he left that conversation he said something that really made me think. He said, “You have big shoes to fill.” I quickly responded, “I don't think I could ever fill those shoes, but I'll be fine carrying them.” I pray that my service at Grace will continue the inspirational ministry of Pastor Milo in some way, at least.
When I think of inspirational Biblical characters, I think about David. Here is an amazing verse about David in the book of Acts: “And when he had removed him (Saul), he raised up David to be their king, of whom he testified and said, ‘I have found in David the son of Jesse a man after my heart, who will do all my will.’” (Acts 13:22) As you think about that verse, remember that David sinned, and yet repented when he was confronted and then sought after God. David inspires me as I look at that text. He inspires me to be a man after God’s own heart, a man who repents when convicted about sin, a man who is humble enough to say, “I was wrong.” I pray that will be an inspiration to others.