Recently, one of our church members moved to Florida to live with his daughter and her family. He is a spry ‘young’ man, celebrating his 93rd birthday earlier this year.
While we as a church will miss him and his sense of humor and his joie de vivre and his sincere devotion to the Lord Jesus Christ, I can’t help but think about how I want to be remembered when I am 93-years-old.
So here are some life lessons, most of which we all know but it is good to be reminded of, that I have picked up in the three years that I have known this man.
First, have a life long love for the word of God. Psalm 119:9 asks and answers the question, "How can a young man keep his way pure? By keeping Your word."
Spend time reading, learning, memorizing and treasuring the word of God, it is one investment that reaps major dividends.
The second life lesson I have seen lived out is a love for God that permeates every area of life. Mark 12:30 reads, "Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength." Those four areas encompass all the different areas of our lives, and when we strive to honor God in all those areas, we are truly loving Him.
Another life lesson closely tied to this one is summed in the very next verse of Scripture, where Mark writes, "Love you neighbor as yourself."
There have been many times I have been to see someone who is sick, only to have this gentleman meet, or even beat, me there to check on that one who is sick.
There are several more lessons that I have seen at work in the life of Pershing Pitre, but I want to close with this one.
In Philippians 4:8-9, Paul writes, "Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable—if there is any moral excellence and if there is any praise—dwell on these things. Do what you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you."
Brother Pitre is always ready to point others to Jesus, through the spoken word, or through his actions, and there are lots of things that I can learn from this man, but it is my desire when I reach 93, that someone will say these things about me.
The people in Florida don’t know what a treasure they are getting.
We will miss you, Brother Pitre!