Thursday, March 13, 2008

My friend, Jim Scalise

One of my best friends left last Sunday afternoon for heaven... He had a heart attack and wasn't able to be revived... When I heard Monday I was shocked... never expected it... He had an attack last month and came through and was really getting healed by the Lord... so it was a real surprise... Jim was a strong follower of Jesus... everyone he met went away feeling the love... Kathi and I were out in Houston area all last week so we were able to see Jim and have some wonderful times of fellowship with him... Seeing him last Friday for lunch before Kathi and I headed back to Michigan, we never thought it would be our last time on earth to see him... I miss him already...
Jim was a follower of Jesus Christ... was saved in prison and never fell back... just fell in love with Jesus and was a lover of people...
I preached a message last night in our church titled' " Things I learned from the life of Jim Scalise". If you knew him you will understand what follows, if you didn't know him, you might of wanted to. Some things I learned from Jim; 1- Love God even better than life... There was nothing or no one that could separate Jim from his Lord, no enemy, no situation, nothing... He was sold out to follow God with all his heart... and when you got around Jim you could sense Jesus. 2- Everybody is valuable and worth time and prayer... Jim was accepting to everybody, there wasn't anyone he wouldn't give a chance to... everyone could change... and everybody just needs a little time... and they will "get it". 3) Be a giver... Jim was always blessing somebody with something... He wasn't attached to his things... He would look for ways to sow into someone... Jim "Lived to Give"... So many other things Jim shared with me over the years... and I know I will continue to remember the blessed fellowship we had, and the miracles we saw... and the times of playing golf together that Jim would always tell me..." Slow and low, bud, slow and low..." Thanks friend Jim Scalise for being a wonderful part of my journey... see you in heaven.