"He's 'Okay' in my book!"
(©2005 By Bob Perks - Bob@BobPerks.com)

3-3-2005 Church Within SOW Seeds Service - Story #329

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This week's SOW Seeds Story, contributed by: Bob Perks

Story of the Week
"He's 'Okay' in my book!"
(copyright 2005 by Bob Perks - Bob@BobPerks.com)

"You have no idea how many lives you have touched."

"If you think you have had no impact on the world around you, you are wrong!"

"One thing you do or say can change the world. Like tossing a pebble in a still pond. The ripples go far beyond the impact."

Wonderful ideals. Lofty thoughts of encouragement. Consoling words for stroking one's ego.

But, so very true, indeed. Here's proof.

This isn't the first time this has happened to me. But it's the first time I realized how significant it was.

I was in someone's address book tucked away on his computer.

It might have been something I said. I say things all the time.

It might have been a piece of my heart hanging there exposed to the world on some web site and he happened along and noticed it.

Then something beautiful occurred. He liked what he saw and made note of my email address. Like a treasure hunter, he found value in who I was and added me to his collection.

I wish I knew it. Being there in his collection, I would have liked to look around to see the great company I was keeping.

I just didn't know.

That is until Monday, when it was all too late.

I received an email message. It was private, but I don't think he would mind if I shared it with you. You see, he loved sharing.

Jimmy is a Christian. He was a man in a wheelchair who painted with his mouth and spoke with his soul. But for Christians and non-Christians, Jimmy is a perfect example of the best humanity has to offer.

Here is the message I received:

Friends and Loved Ones of Jimmy McCoy,

My name is Jason McCoy, Jimmy's nephew. I am writing this email to let all of you who are in Jimmy's address book, know that my beloved uncle passed away last Saturday morning due to lung complications. For those of you who are also members of the White Donkey Society (Jimmy's Internet ministry) I realize that this is not new news. I want to thank you for all the support that you have offered with your condoling emails and prayers.

The emails you have sent telling his family of how he has touched your lives have been more meaningful than you will ever know. This is a very difficult time for my grandparents as the past 50 years of their lives have been devoted to taking care of their quadriplegic son and now that he is gone it has left them with a large void to be filled. It means so much to them to hear about how the son they invested so much time into has touched so many lives. So please, if you feel inclined please send and email and let us know about your relationship with Jimmy. I have taught my grandmother how to check his email and she looks forward to hearing from you.

I would like to share with you some of the message I shared with his friends and family who attended the funeral today.......

"While we remember Jimmy today, I would like to spend some time reflecting on one of the most important things his life has showed us. It is difficult to imagine how someone who had so much taken from him at an such an early age could still find happiness and go on to lead such a fulfilling life. But as I look back at Jimmy's life, the answer is really quite simple and, in my eyes, Jimmy actually had it quite easy. You see, without a passion it is impossible for any of us to lead a fulfilling life (handicapped or not) but for many of us, it is difficult to find our passion whether it's because we become too consumed without careers or just overwhelmed by the worries of everyday life. For Jimmy, he was clearly shown his passion when almost everything else in the world was taken from him except the one thing he was put on this world to do----Share the love of the Lord with anyone he can reach. Unfortunately, for many of us, we will spend the better part of our lives searching for the same passion that Jimmy found in his youth. It is fair to assume that we are not all cut out to be as successful apostles for Christ as Jimmy was, but that is no problem because God made us each unique with our own special gifts that we can use to share his love with the world. God blessed us all with the fortune of knowing Jimmy McCoy and I would like to share with you what I feel like is the most valuable lesson that I have learned from his time here on Earth.

What passion is-

Our passion is what we were put on this earth to do

Passion is something you enjoy doing more than anything in the world and would never be referred to as “work”

In pursuing your passion, you will leave the world a better place than when you got here.

For some of you it might be fishing or hunting, for others it might be cooking, and for those of us who are really lucky it might indeed be your job. Regardless, it is our duty as Christian human beings to use the passion that God has placed within us to glorify Him and leave as beautiful footprint on the world as our brother Jimmy did.

I beg you to take this beautiful lesson from our brother Jimmy, figure out what makes us happier than anything else in the world and spend the rest of your lives waking up each day to do it as best you can. And if you ever feel like you're too old or too weak, then I beg you, look at Jimmy's life for inspiration. How easy would it have been for him to make excuses and watch life from the sideline pouting about the hand he was dealt?

We love you Uncle Jimmy and thank you for the beautiful foot prints you have left on all of our hearts.

We will miss you"

After 49 years in a wheelchair, Jimmy now runs and jumps in the streets of Heaven where he awaits the return of his fellow believers. I look forward to seeing you there.

In Him,
Jason McCoy

Something you'll do or something you'll say will touch the heart of someone today.
Will it be something they want to remember or something they wish they could forget?

It is an honor to know that I was in his address book. It is a blessing to know our paths had crossed, we paused for a moment and opened our hearts. We were in the same ministry, I guess. His mission was to touch people's lives. So is mine.
We both succeeded in touching each other's.

Would you like to "meet" Jimmy? Here you will find out about what he called the "White Donkey Society."

(his guestbook is obviously malfunctioning. He's not there to tend to it)

Jimmy McCoy..."He's okay in my book"

Who's address book might you be in?"

Pastor's Quote of the Week
If I were to wish for anything, I should not wish for wealth and power, but for the passionate sense of potential -- for the eye which, ever young and ardent, sees the possible. Pleasure disappoints; possibility never.
(From: Søren Kierkegaard)

The Prayer
Dear God,        
        To Serve You and Your Children is my Passion!

You ALL are Within the Infinitely Loving Embrace of our Universal Parent,

The Creator's Eternal Love to all of You,
Pastor Daniel

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