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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.|
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.