Life Celebration

My brother-in-law, Rick Knox, died about a month ago and I went to his Celebration of Life service in Chicago. It was an experience that will stay with me for the rest of my life. I’ve never seen a more impactful service. I was blown away by person after person sharing stories like this, “Rick met with me. I rejected church; I rejected Christ. I was angry and bitter, but he met with me for two years until I changed.”


It was a celebration of Rick’s character, which was invaded by the presence of God. It was amazing—two straight hours of nothing but sharing how God used him. It was inspiring. As RobAnne and I drove away from that service I said, “I wonder what people will say at our services?” I don’t want them to say, “He was good man” or “He was a good person. He was funny, friendly, and he did some good things.” I want to be like Rick. People said over and over again, “Rick changed my life because of who he was, not what he did.”