Yesterday, I was praying and God put these words on my heart, “Number your days.”  I always keep a notepad next to me on my commute into the office so I scribbled them down.  It wasn’t an ominous, foreboding word, but more of an affirmation of making the most of each day…and so I let that Word begin to marinate.

But later that same day as a close friend and I were having lunch, my wife called to say that one of our good friends had died.  He was a great man.  A generous man.  A godly man.  A warrior.  Intense and intentional.  He loved life, his family, his Lord and was perpetually on a mission to live life with such passion and purpose.  Heaven’s gain is certainly our loss.

The apostle Paul declared (but I’m sure these same words are also written in Stacy’s journal somewhere), “according to my earnest expectation and hope, that I will not be put to shame in anything, but that with all boldness, Christ will even now, as always, be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death” (Philippians 1:20 NASB).

I completely understand how Jesus can be glorified in our lives, but by our death?   We rejoice that Jesus will be exalted when we see Him face to face as He fully redeems in glory those He purchased by His precious blood.  But I believe the Word here is as much earthly as it is heavenly.

Why does it take the death of someone…especially someone greatly loved and highly respected for His love of Jesus to make us say, “Now what were we arguing about?”  “What was I worried about?”  “What am I doing with my life?”  Exactly.  Oh what forgetful creatures we are!  But as in life, so in death, Stacy is exalting Christ.  The ripple of a life well-lived impacts us, doesn’t it?  Those closest to it feel a greater wave rush over them, but even those standing at a distance are touched.

Moses prayed, “So teach us to number our days, that we may present to You a heart of wisdom” (Psalm 90:12 NASB).  Paul declared, “Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise,making the most of your time, because the days are evil.  So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is(Ephesians 5:15-17 NASB).

Making the most of your time” in the Greek literally means to “redeem or buy up” the time.  We purchase time with our priorities, our choices, and our actions.  Each day is a gift from God of amazing opportunities.  All this is crying out, “If God has so graciously numbered my days, how am I spending my time?”

Stacy’s death is really a call to life.  To wake up and walk wisely.  To reevaluate and make course corrections.  To set aside what is holding you down and push forward to what lies ahead.  To find purpose and passion.  To breathe deeply and smile.  To love life, love Jesus, and love others.  To live for the glory of God and to die with a sword in your hand.

© 2013 Tim McKenzie – 

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9 Responses
  1. So well said Tim!
    Thank you for that challenging word for us all.
    Love your heart.

  2. Steve Seelig says:

    Wonderful word about a wonderful man of God. I found Stacy to be everything you said him to be. He was such a friend & encourager to me. I believe he genuinely loved me & my family and even demonstrated that multiple times.

  3. Pamela Hamza says:

    So grateful for your words – and for the life ministry of our friend. . .

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  5. Edye Bisagno says:

    Tim, that was so eloquently stated. At such a time as this, when words are hard for me to come by and seem unable to get past the pain in my heart and the lump in my throat. Thank you. Stacy leaves behind a gaping hole in many of our hearts but a beautiful challenge to live life well and especially to God’s glory. He always did that so wonderfully in his life & now his legacy continues. Thanks again for these inspiring words.

    Tim & Edye Bisagno
    2 Corinthians 5:4

  6. Patsy Haynes says:

    What an awesome way to describe our precious and dear friend Stacy. He was an humble man and loved by so many. My heart is breaking for his family, Dot, Janet, Colleen, Shannon, Christianne, Victoria and Austin and so many others. Stacy will be missed tremendously. I praise God for His promise for all of us meeting again someday and that promise is what keeps us going. My love to all of you.

  7. Darlene Wilkins says:

    To know Stacy was to love him and to love his family. Thank you for putting into words what our feelings knew but could not find words to say. You captured the very core of the man he was. Thank you for the reminder to number our days well just as Stacy and Janet did.

  8. Rhonda Blessing says:

    A great blog, Tim. It was so beautifully written and is such an honoring tribute to Stacy. Especially loved the last paragraph and the good, challenging word. Thank you!

  9. Donna Cox says:

    Your beautiful, insightful words warmed my heart. Randy’s mother recently passed away and we also lost a dear friend in the tragic train accident in Spain. So much sorrow in such a short span of time. My heart is weary, but your words about Stacy really lifted me up. Stacy was a remarkable role model for so many people. He will be truly missed by everyone who knew and loved him.