6.04.2015

And then some.


Before he died suddenly in a car accident about a month ago, my dad listened as his pastor urged his fellow Christians to live an “and then some” type of life.

What does it mean to live an “and then some” life? The pastor described that as Christians, we should strive to “always do what is expected, and then some.”

After my dad went to be with the Lord, that same pastor came to our home to comfort us. My mom told him that my dad had loved that sermon so much and couldn't stop talking about it! We laughed, and we cried. Of course our dad loved that message: That was how he lived his life every single day.

My sweet mom and dad, while they were dating in college. Handsome couple, no?

Don Bostic had been living an “and then some” life long before he heard that sermon, dedicating himself to helping others whenever he could. He never knew how to do anything halfway, and he showed his love for others through selfless acts of service.

My dad playing for the Florida Gators, circa 1975

We have been inspired by our dad to live an “and then some” life. We created these simple rubber bracelets as a daily reminder to go the extra mile, like Dad would have done. If the "and then some" life is an idea you can get behind and you'd like a bracelet, please send me an email with your address to jgrantham106@gmail.com. I would love to spread this message near and far with this bracelet!
 
Matthew 5:41 reads, "If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles." Can you imagine how beautiful this world would would be if we all added the "and then some" to everything we did? If we placed others before ourselves? If we looked for opportunities to help one another instead of looking the other way?

My dad, always the workhorse, helping Scott install tile in the den.

Daddy's girl

Ever since he left us, I have wanted to talk about my dad. I guess everyone copes differently, and I immediately wanted to tell people about him - what he was like, what he taught me, his ridiculous addiction to Mountain Dew Slurpees, his Jersey Boys cell phone ringtone - I love the memories I have with my dad. If you'd like to read the eulogy I delivered at his memorial service, I posted it to my personal Facebook page.

Thank you for being so patient and kind with me this past month. It means so much.


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6 comments:

  1. I love love love reading your blogs! They are so inspiring! Beyond blessed that God brought you into my life! πŸ˜ŠπŸ™πŸ»

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  2. So sorry to hear about your father's passing. It can bring great comfort to share those loving memories, so do what feels best! My thoughts are with you & your family. And thanks for sharing such a great message1

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  3. I'm so sorry for your loss

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  4. I always enjoyed hearing you talk about your dad. It's amazing how when someone lives the way he did, how they can touch even people they never met. Always be sure that there are two ladies who love and want to listen to you talk about your dad.

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  5. Love that scripture. Gosh, Jordan. As difficult as it was to lose my sister from ovarian cancer and my dad from a fall that he never recovered from, how you lost your precious dad from a car accident with no warning is even more devastating. Because we know that God has all things under His control, we have to surrender to His ways and plan, even though we don't understand it. Here are a few things that I want to share with you that have comforted me in my grief........."Smiling Breaking Through Tears"
    Dying is a gradual diminishing and final vanishing over the horizon of life. When we watch a sailboat leaving port and moving toward the horizon, it becomes smaller and smaller until we can no longer see it. But we must trust that someone is standing on a faraway shore seeing that same sailboat become larger and larger until it reaches its new harbor. Death is a painful loss. When we return to our homes after a burial, our hearts are in grief. But when we think about the One standing at the other shore eagerly waiting to welcome our beloved friend into a new home, a smile can break through our tears. Amen.
    "Love Will Remain".......Hope and faith will both come to and end when we die. But love will remain. Love is eternal. Love comes from God and returns to God. When we die, we will lose everything that life gave us except love. The love with which we lived our lives is the life of God within us. It is the divine, indestructible core of our being. This love not only will remain but will also bear fruit from generation to generation. When we approach our deaths, let us say to those we leave behind, "Don't let your hearts be troubled. The love of God that dwells in my heart will come to you and offer you consolation and comfort. " Henry Nouwen
    "Man's days are determined; You have decreed the number of his months and have set limits he cannot exceed." Job 14:5
    I have one more thing to send your way at another time. May the Lord bless you and keep you, and may memories be you comfort. Praying for you and your family. Sherri

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