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Facts of the Matter

A weekly letter of encouragement and challenge to business and professional men and women
Wednesday, March 3, 2004
Dear Colleagues,

A TRIBUTE TO WARREN MYERS

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Martyred missionary pioneer Jim Elliott once prayed, "Lord, make my life a crossroad in the life of every person I meet."

For forty years, Warren Myers, (who recently was promoted to his eternal home) was that crossroad in my life. His life was characterized by a singular passion for Christ, as evidenced by an unparalleled focus and perseverance. Modest in appearance and demeanor, I know of few men who have so affected continents with the Gospel, as did Warren.

He once confided that if he could claim any accomplishment, it would be based on 1 Corinthians 15:10b, "By the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them–yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me."

Back in the 1960s I observed Warren as he literally prayed into existence a ministry at an inaccessible, elitist private institution of higher learning. Hundreds of future military leaders came to Christ there.

On numerous occasions, while in my 20s, Warren confronted me on character issues, which if left unattended, would undoubtedly have derailed my walk with God in the ensuing years.

Warren was unsurpassed in his mastery of the Scriptures, in terms of disciplined study, and depth of understanding. One of his practices was to circle the verses in his Bible he had committed to memory. On most any page, the un-circled verses seemed to be the exception!

Warren often reiterated – and lived William Careys now famous statement, "Expect great things from God. Attempt great things for God." His and his wife Ruths vision, selfless service, incessant prayers, and larger than life faith, built Christ into the lives of men and women around the world. So today, untold numbers of these people are evangelizing and discipling the un-reached with the Gospel, both in urban centers and in little noticed rural regions.

At his gravesite, Warrens son Brian could not have been more affirming of Warren as he eloquently and passionately spoke of his authentic life and unwavering heart for God.

My purpose here is not to elevate a man, but to raise the bar of what unreserved commitment to Christ looks like amidst our pedestrian "Christian" culture of slouch and casual.

Surely we need to ask what the quality of our spiritual legacy will be

. Is it in fact our desire to be a crossroad in the lives of those whom God places in our path? Are we, like Warren Myers willing to pay the price in terms of focus and perseverance to truly live as impassioned warriors of Christ?

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