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What Legacy Are Leaving?

Posted on September 30, 2010

For the last month or so I was asked almost every day "How is Gary Morse"? Now folks are saying, "Sorry to hear about your friend."

The news this past month, that the tumors were growing again, was really sad for all of us that loved Gary. Doctors said there was not much hope, unless God would intervene with a miracle. That didn't happen.  But on Tuesday night September 14th, a praise and worship time was held. In attendance were about 50 men praising God for Gary's life, his ministry and tireless efforts to help us Men with the problems we face.  Gary wanted to get together with Men who loved the Lord and loved to worship, and we all wanted to pray for God's healing hand to cure our brothers afflictions.

 Some scripture had just been read when Gary asked for the microphone.  The tumors made it hard for him to communicate.  "I'm sure we are going to pray here tonight," he struggled out the words with several pauses.  "But if we can only pray for one person here tonight... I want us to pray for my friend, Richard,"  as he pointed back to the back row where Richard stood.  That was the way of Gary Morse ... while facing insurmountable problems himself; he was asking for prayer for his friend. 

Are we mostly concerned with ourselves? Our job, our house, our car, our bills,  and our clothes? Or are we concerned with others?

Luke  12:15 says: "Then he said to them, Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions." As Men Who Win we must balance that verse with the necessity to survive; to leave the cave each day, kill something, and drag it home. Because that's what we were compelled to do after being cast out from the Garden of Eden, but that must not be at the expense of our family or our Spiritual life.

A rich young ruler went away from Jesus with his head hanging down. He was wanting to serve with Jesus, and be "part of His group" but his "stuff" and lifestyle was more important to him. When faced with choosing between the two, he chose to keep his status, his money and his lifestyle.  He was hanging his head, no doubt with great regret, at being asked by the LORD, to make that decision.

Where do you stand today? What is important to you? Are you holding on to any "stuff" that's keeping you from serving Christ? Luke 12:24 says: "For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also."

In the  last week of Gary's life  he was amazingly, at great peace. He was still working hard with every bit of strength he had, still serving his band of brothers, trying to help more of them become "Men Who Win". Let us all continue to pray for Ro and Gary's family and those that loved him so.

Gary made this world a better place. He made a difference in the lives of the people he knew.  As a personal note,  he was a great friend and gave me a  good living example of what a Christian should be like in today's marketplace.  Let's be "Men Who Win" and carry on Gary's dream of helping brothers with a heavy load.

If you want to make a donation to the Iron Sharpens Iron in memory of Gary or if you are wondering what you could do to help start a "Men Who Win" - Accountability friendship group at your church. Email me at info@menwhowin.com

Clay Campbell
Benton, Kentucky 



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