15 years ago, I met a wild,crazy Sprit filled man who was totally in love with Jesus! He and I clicked immediately because he was the opposite of religious…He was raw and real.
He made me look like a choir boy compared to how he lived his life before Christ. He never got over what Jesus did for him and he and I became fast friends.
He was my neighbor for seven years. He was an incredible man. There is not enough time or space for me to share all the great things about this man.
Yesterday, I helped preach his funeral. Besides my own father-in-law, it was the hardest funeral I have ever had to preach.
Bill Dunn was my friend. Bill fought cancer for 4 years and taught me more about faith and perseverance than a thousand sermons ever could. I deeply loved Bill Dunn.
His wife Darla said to me, “I’m now a widow.” I lost it.
Bill lived a few years here on earth but made a huge impact and leaves an enormous legacy.
Life really is short and you never know when your time is up here on earth. James 4:14 says, “…you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.”
Have you ever watched steam rise from a boiling pot? It is there and then it is instantly gone. That is the comparison that James is giving with our physical lives and vapor/mist. Yet, somehow, we feel that we are guaranteed a nice long life…84 years or so and we miss the emphasis of the comparison.
If you knew that your life was going to end tomorrow, wouldn’t you do things differently today?
Of course you would! You would spend the day with your family, savoring every second. You would make sure that your affairs are in order.
And I believe that you would get your spiritual house in order. You would accept Christ if you have never done so; you would ask for God’s forgiveness for sin in your life and you would make sure that heaven is your final destination.
Bill Dunn’s death reminds me again that life is short and we must live life to the fullest.
I love you Bill…thank you for being my friend. Thank you for a life well lived!