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Philppians 4:8
“...Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things."

One night Willie and I took some graduates of the Sunday school class we co-taught out to dinner. We talked, Willie cracked jokes, we all laughed, and had a great time...it was a typical night hanging out. Willie was the center of the party. That was often the case when he was around. He just made things better.  

As everyone left that night he asked if I’d walk with him to his car. We got to his car and he told me that earlier that day he found out that the cancer we thought was gone had come back. The news was devastating. I asked him why he didn’t tell anyone earlier. He replied, “Why would I? Tonight was for us to celebrate.” No one at the table that night had any clue what burden he was carrying. And that’s the way he wanted it. Celebrating their lives was more important to him than grieving over his pain. He was just that kind of guy. It was how he lived, and it was the way he led at our church. He knew that there are things more important than ourselves.  Those are the kind of things that are worth doing and thinking about.  

Johnny Peters

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