Being at Calvary for 10 years now, I can’t help but feel the effect of the death of Pastor Chuck. My wall is filled with posts commemorating Chuck’s teaching, celebrating his legacy, and remembering the way in which he practiced what he preached.
But I think that the most vivid memory I have of Pastor Chuck is from 3 years ago at Green Valley Lake. I remember hearing the most genuine laugh come from up above me, and I turned to see Chuck holding Kay’s hand and laughing as the two of them swung back and forth on the giant swing up at the camp.
He always had a smile for me when I greeted him as I went about my life on campus every day. The joy of the Lord was manifested in his life, and although we are rejoicing now that he had gone to be in eternal joy with the Lord, looking back I realize that he lived a little bit of heaven here on earth. Even through these past couple of months, his joy was evident, and that could only be from heaven.
We can learn from this. Perhaps if we live our lives like he did, looking forward to the day when we meet our Savior, striving for his glory, our lives on earth will be like a little bit of heaven. C. S. Lewis puts it in better words than I ever could: “Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in. Aim at earth and you will get neither.”