A decade ago a friend of mine died. These past few weeks I was going through some files and found a card on which I had jotted down some thoughts.
Lloyd Orthner had been a dentist in our community, a church leader and a community spokesperson. In the last year of his life (before his passing from cancer), I gleaned from him these thoughts, which are still relevant today:
Accept others for who they are. God will do the changing.
Know people’s limitations. Don’t just dismiss people.
Be involved in the community.
Don’t force things – care about people.
Be yourself – sincere in all you do.
Be content where you are.
Not a bad list of virtues to live by.
Life in Jesus is reflected in people like Lloyd, a winsome person who lived his life transparently following Jesus.