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Giving God the Glory in Life and in Death


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Giving God the glory in all that we do and say is what we as Christians strive for. But very few of us think about what it looks like to give God the glory in death.

The wife of Oklahoma City Thunder assistant coach Monty Williams was killed in an automobile accident last week. Prior to this tragic event, I knew very little about Mr. Williams. But what I’ve seen and heard about Mr. Williams since his tragic loss has affected me more than any other coach has in quite some time.

It’s so easy for us as Christians to glorify God in good times. But it’s entirely different to have the spiritual foundation to be able to give God the glory when the enemy rushes in like a flood and does what he does….kills, steals and destroys.

It’s so easy for us as Christians to glorify God in good times. It’s relatively easy to glorify God when we’re facing a known obstacle that we’re squaring off against. But it’s entirely different to have the spiritual foundation to be able to give God the glory when the enemy rushes in like a flood and does what he does….kills, steals and destroys.

In the wake of the loss of his wife and the mother of his 5 children, Monty Williams made me feel good. How ironic. In most situations like these we attempt to come to the emotional rescue of those who have suffered lose. But not so in this case.

Monty Williams is a large part of the sports world. As such, many of us have had the opportunity to hear his colleagues speak of the strength he is exhibiting during these trying times. Some of these sports commentators are Christians and some of them aren’t.

The commonality in what these pundits had to say was that they don’t know where he finds the strength to deal with this tragedy. Virtually every commentator that I’ve heard speak on the loss of Monty Williams said that they wouldn’t have the strength to deal with loss anywhere near the degree that Mr. Williams and his family are dealing with it.

The Greater the Loss, the Greater Opportunity to give Glory to God

Monty Williams “gets it”. Monty Williams sees the bigger picture. Monty Williams seems to understand that our lives, this world, and the time we value so much with our friends and loved ones is just a vapor. Ingrid Williams has moved on and is just beginning to truly enjoy life.

I’m writing this post to encourage those who have lost loved ones. I’m writing this post in support of those who are suffering through the loss of an important person in their lives. As Monty Williams so eloquently put it, “Let’s not lose sight of whats important”.

As Christians we aren’t perfect. Try as we might we will never be perfect people. So if by chance we miss it. If by chance we breech our armor and an opportunity is presented to the enemy to do us harm by stealing, killing or destroying something or someone that’s important to us. Remember that God is still on the thrown.

Use the unfortunate occasion to “Wow” the world as Monty Williams has. Let them see just how strong, steadfast, and enduring the love of God is. Make them leave your presence in awe of how mighty a God we serve.

Please take a moment to be inspired my watching the brief video of Mr. Monty Williams speaking at his wife’s memorial service. I’m sure many attended with the intention of offering comfort to the WillIiams’ family, but instead left feeling comforted themselves.

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2 Comments

  1. HoraceWilliamsJr

    Greg,
    What a powerful testimony for Christ by Monty Williams! Thank you for sharing brother. It is my prayer that people will see my light shining bright for Christ every day regardless of the circumstances. As a brother in Christ I am so proud of Monty Williams for the faith in God he displayed. I will make a point to pray for his family. Thanks again for sharing and may you and yours have a blessed Resurrection Sunday!

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