The contrast could not have been more vivid. The senseless tragedy of the murder of 20 first-graders and 6 staff at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, and the death of 81 year old, Jack Norman.
Rightfully so, the nation mourned the death of the children with flags flying at half mast. Their memorial service was broadcast by many of the major television networks. All of us who are parents or grandparents hugged our kids a little more tightly and expressed our love to them a little more fervently.
Jack Norman died of a heart attack while walking on a side walk. When the policeman went to his home of inform Arlene Norman, his wife of 61 years, of his sudden death, she smiled and said, “He lived his whole life for this day.” She then invited the policeman inside and shared how he could come to know Jesus Christ as his Savior.
Don’t skip over what Arlene Norman told the policeman, “He lived his whole life for this day.” Jack Norman lived with his focus on the day he would be face to face with Christ.
I met Jack in 1985, the year the Lord prompted to start the financial ministry. Jack was extraordinarily faithful to lead the small group financial studies, in his church and prison where he served as a volunteer.
He was a quiet man, simple man who just loved the Lord and people. Jack and his brother operated a successful car dealership, but you would never know it if you sat in one of his comfortable, well worn chairs at his home.
There were more than 500 people attending Jack’s memorial service—all who could say, “Jack was a dear friend.” He regularly spent time with his Lord in prayer and in reading the Bible. God used him to lead hundreds of inmates to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. Jack was generous, and all five of his children are walking with the Lord. He served as an elder in his Orlando church for three decades.
Why? Why did Jack Norman choose to live this unassuming life focus on walking closely with Christ and seeking to quietly influence others? It is quite simple—He lived his whole life for this day.
Here is the question that you and I must answer during this Christmas season—are we living our whole life for this day, the day we will be face to face with Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world.
Joyfully in Christ,