I recently experienced the loss of someone who was, I believe, destined for greatness. However, God had other plans for him. This young man was at the beginning of his young adult life when it was snatched from him by a bullet (stray or intentional, I'm not sure). Though he left this earthly so soon, he left behind a beautiful testament as to how one should live life.
I met him three years ago. He was 21 at the time. His life was cut short just before his 24th birthday. The takeaways I got from his life are many. This is what I learned about him in my short time of knowing him: He was a fiercely bold young man; he was loyal; he was not afraid to speak the truth. He was intentional in everything he did in his life: looking for a job, writing music, caring for his baby girl. He knew what he wanted in life and set out to achieve it. I loved his fearlessness. He spoke in a commanding way and was positive in his outlook on life. These are the things I will remember about him -- his boldness, fierceness, and fearlessness! He inspired me to write my life statement (I found out at his home going service that he'd written one last September, and had checked off the things he'd achieved since writing it).
Though his life was cut short, I feel it served the purpose God had for him. I know he inspired my life in the short time I knew him. As a mother, I don't know what it means to lose a child. My heart goes out to all who've had to experience having their child leave this earthly life long before their time. No parent should have to experience such a loss. However, I encourage all to look at the good times and remember the things about them that put a smile on your face. I especially want to encourage you and remind you that you will see your loved one again. Scripture states, "Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father's house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going." John 14:1-4. The Bible also states, "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life." John 3:16.
Here is a card that I make for his mother. It reminds me of what is important in life - prayer, giving thanks and my deepening relationship with God. Be blessed.