Faithfulness in Real Life

Tuesday morning at 11:00 a.m. at our building we will say our final good-bye and pay our last respects to our sister May Rhodes. May passed away last week after a valiant battle against a host of health issues. May is an great example of someone who refused to let her struggles get the best of her, an example of faithfulness in real life.

Life was not easy for May when she was a girl or a young woman. If she ever shared her story with you, you'll know that this is a tremendous understatement. And in recent years, May's multiple health issues have been a constant and continual struggle for her. And yet, every Sunday that May could possibly and physically be here, she was right here at church, wearing her trademark hat and giving her trademark answer, “I’m doing all right.”

 At May’s side for the last 41 years were husband Gene, also an examples of faithfulness in real life. I don’t know how one holds down a full-time job and then also serves as a full-time care-giver and encourager, but Gene did. He was always here with May and always has a smile on his face, even if sometimes that smile was one of sheer exhaustion. One of the lines from the traditional marriage vows pledges faithfulness “in sickness and in health.” Gene was a man who took that promise seriously and thus provides the rest of us an example of what faithfulness looks like in real life.

How many people use problems in their past or our struggles in their present as excuses to give up on living life with joy and faith that God will make every all right? How many husbands and wives give up on their marriages because of problems and issues that really don’t look all that great when compared to those May and Gene faced every day? Faithfulness in real life is keeping your focus on God and your commitments to one another as you just put one foot in front of the other day after day. Sometimes life doesn't come easily, but God is always good. Thanks May and Gene for showing us what faithfulness looks like in real life. And may God's richest blessings be on the entire family during this difficult time.