As many of you are aware, I try often to remember those who have passed my way in life and whom I've learned something from -- either directly or indirectly.
This week I remember Chris Pelly, who was not only a friend to me but to so many people in and around McDuffie County. My friend died last week after a battle with liver cancer.
And yes, I wonder, like many of you, why Chris had to depart this life.
Chris was a good man. He was a good husband, a good father and deeply devoted to God.
He and I often talked. Sometimes our conversations included concerns about the county roads and bridges department, which he served as director of for several years. Other times the conversations pertained to a radio show that he and some friends shared -- their weekly message to draw others closer to God.
I always liked being around Chris. I liked his honesty and sincerity. And I admired the kind of man he was from a heart standpoint.
He loved life and being around others -- 10 times more than he did before he became a born-again Christian.
Chris truly cared about being a servant of God. And I think that was why he was so courageous in his fight with cancer. He knew that God offered him everlasting life in heaven after his life was over on earth.
Today, my friend gets to talk with God and with all the disciples he learned so much about from reading his Bible.
I learned much about my friend and his walk with God. We all could learn much if we allow God to become first in our lives. That is what Chris did, and it made an incredible difference in his life.
With everything in him, Chris believed that obeying God and helping others were the biggest things he could ever do.
He didn't just talk the talk, he walked the walk. He truly was a man of God.
I admired his willingness to do whatever he could to help others. Take the Old Frontier, for example. He was not only a member of the church, but helped promote it. Chris talked to young people from McDuffie County and other areas, attempting to get them to try out Old Frontier, which offers a wholesome taste of Christianity aimed specifically at young people.
He was often successful.
More often than not, I will think of my friend, Chris Pelly. First and foremost, I will think of him as the kind of man I'd like to be -- a man always thoughtful and considerate of others and their feelings.
I will forever miss my friend, Chris Pelly.