Yesterday, I heard the sad news about the passing of Captain Sir Tom Moore, a Second World War veteran who raised over 30 million pounds for the NHS. Sir Tom was 99 years old when he embarked on his mission “to raise £1000 for NHS Charities Together by walking 100 laps of his garden with his walking frame before his 100th birthday”. He sadly passed away after contracting coronavirus and pneumonia.
There are a few lessons we can learn from the last year of Sir Tom’s life.
- Life is for serving – A life well lived is often one that looks beyond its needs and comfort and serves others. Jesus said to his disciples, “The greatest among you will be your servant” Matthew 23:11. The key to impacting lives is to love and serve others. Delight in serving.
- Do not underestimate humble beginnings – It was said that Sir Tom had initially planned to raise £1000 but ended up raising over 30 million pounds. Often, we are so aware of our inadequacies that we may lack the confidence and faith to attempt something good for fear of failure. Sir Tom attempted something that may have appeared ridiculous at his age and during the pandemic, but the result was a blessing to many. Take that step of faith today!
- It is never too late to make an impact – Sir Tom would have no doubt impacted the lives of many during the 100 years he lived on this earth; and while he served in the Second World War that brought peace across Europe and the world, his impact of raising money during the pandemic will be remembered for many years. Are you perhaps wondering if you can still leave a positive mark in this world? Sir Tom is an example to all of us that, while we have life, we are of use to the Lord in this world.
Paul reminds us that, “…we are [God’s] workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them” Ephesians 2:10. God created us for good works. These good works are not only to serve the spiritual purposes of God but also to serve others. Therefore, “…let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven” Matthew 5:16.