We have to remember


It was last year on Memorial Day I was sitting in my living room just waiting for the call. My mom had gotten a call earlier in the day to go to Kentucky because they were calling family in for my cousin who was losing his battle with leukemia.

I can’t believe it’s been a year, or will be on the 31st. I guess it seems sometimes that you’re just floating along when all of the sudden you’re hurdling towards the ground at breakneck speed.

It came on as suddenly the second time as it did the first. He spent his years in remission teaching and training people how to live a better and healthier life.

He made a difference.

Lives were changed because of his life and because of his death.

As he was laying in the hospital in his final hours a nurse came in to help make him more comfortable. He grabbed her hand and said, Hey. I’m going home today.

She looked at him with tears in her eyes and said, Oh, honey. You can’t go home now.

You don’t understand. Today, I’m going Home.

Chris wrote a book during his remission. The following is a quote from it that sums up the way he lived his life.

“I don’t know anything except that being afraid to find out is not the way I want to be. We live in a world where we have been taught to suppress rather than to express. So many times life is lived completely repressed. But when you live a repressed life, do you really live at all?” ~ Chris Crowell

So for us all on this Memorial Day, I hope that we no longer live repressed lives. I hope we learn to live and laugh and love, and through it all, make a difference in this crazy world that is so desperately searching for something more.

So let’s remember not because it’s good or bad, but let’s remember out of love. Let’s remember because love creates change. And let’s remember so we can change the world.

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  • Praise God. May we all live with such strength and bravery.

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  • Dorothy

    that was wonderful. thanks for reminding us and for sharing that great quote! thinking of you and your family. love you

    • esauproject

      Thanks, Dorothy. Love you, too!

  • Beautiful post! Amazing words from someone who really knew them. So encouraged by living life out loud instead of always edited. thank you for sharing this.

    • esauproject

      Thanks so much, Tracee. He lived a beautiful life. I can only hope that mine will shine half as much.