By Ben Mwine, Uganda:
“The greatest tragedy in life is not death, but a life without purpose.” Myles Munroe
I hadn't had power for more than a day which means, we had no access to civilization, quite literally. No TV, no radio, no internet and no phone.
When I got plugged back into the world, I expected the world to still be functioning as normal but that was never to be. It took a while to process the fact that Dr. Myles Munroe, along with his wife was gone. Let's of course not forget the other souls that were on that fateful flight but undoubtedly it is Dr Munroe's death that caught all the attention, and rightly so.
I was a volunteer on the team that organized Dr. Munroe's first – and little known to us – last visit to Uganda. It was a trip we had anticipated highly and one that turned out to be a greater success than we could have ever imagined. Not just because of the turn up but mostly because of the response from the literally thousands of people whose lives were changed in those two awesome October days.
I recall there was even a stampede at some point as people, many of whom had never paid attention to this man or his life and teachings, rushed to buy his books and materials after one of the sessions he had conducted at the Imperial Royale Hotel in Kampala.
Just a few weeks ago we got information that Dr. Munroe was going to be in the region and there was a small discussion about putting an event together in Kampala in October. There was general consensus that the time was too short and that it would be better to plan a bigger and better event for 2015.
Even as we set about preparing for that trip, God obviously had other plans as it is clearly written
“….whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.” – James 4:14
This particular verse is in reference to people who boast about future plans without knowing what the future holds. Unlike me though, it would seemingly appear Dr Munroe had a good idea what was coming and had prepared well for it.
In an interview with Jeff Koinange on a Kenyan TV show last month he said this:
“I want to challenge every Kenyan to go to the cemetery and disappoint the graveyard. Die like the Apostle Paul who said I have finished my course, I have kept the faith and I have been poured out like a drink offering. There is nothing left. I am ready to die. That's how I wanna die because there is nothing else for me left but to die. When you die, die like I am planning to die. Empty. It's finished.”
Famous last words they would turn out to be as indeed that statement, preached a lot seems to be what has impacted millions of Christians and most of his ardent admirers across the globe.
A man who stood for the principles of the Kingdom he represented as an ambassador on earth and wasn't apologetic about the constitution of that Kingdom as he liked to call it. Even at the risk of incurring the wrath of countless people including rights activists who chided him for bold declarations he made about bad leadership and homosexuality.
The Kingdom he served has recalled him and the farewell tributes have been pouring in from literally every corner of the planet.
And just like the King he served, he seems to be having more impact in his death than he did in his life, and that is certainly a life worth celebrating.
Rest in peace Dr Myles, we'll meet again.
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