Father, take care of my children. Lead them according to your plan.
Give them the joy of knowing Jesus more closely.
Make them the people you would like them to be. Amen.
That prayer was once sprinkled across a Bible that belonged to my grandmother. I can picture her praying those words for all seven of her children. And all of her grandchildren. Praying it many times. Softly speaking those words in the glow of the morning light as the background noise of a clock chimed on the hour. There is a certain peace knowing that someone cared that much for you to offer words for you. To bypass a prayer or petition for her self and to pass it on. So her children and grandchildren could have the opportunity to know about passion and about purpose and about values.
Passion and purpose and values. Those words bring me to this weekend and the way I started my Saturday morning. I rose early on Saturday, drove to the small town of Berwick, and participated in a 5k. It was in memory of a person who had a short amount of time here, but easily lived out his purpose by his actions of being kind, thoughtful, and caring. Now his family continues to honor his purpose and use it to fuel their passion of keeping his name of alive.
After his passing, the Miles Liner Foundation was created to continue to keep the name of Miles Liner alive in the local community of Berwick, the surrounding areas, and the LSU community. By sharing the type of life that he lived, the foundation hopes to inspire the upcoming youth to grow into young adults with similar values.
Whether we realize it or not, we are asked to be role models. All day. Every day. We are asked to give one hundred percent to this life. And at any moment our circumstances can change. We have to know in our hearts that we have done all we needed to do with our time.
It was a great way to start the weekend by helping to continue to spread his message. Being born and raised in a small town, I know how important community is and how showing up to lend support can be one of the easiest of gestures. I had a blast participating in the event and snapping a few photographs along the way.
For more information and photographs, you can visit the Miles Liner Foundation here.