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Day 84: Here’s My Hero On A Mission Obituary

by Mar 24, 2021HOAM Elements, Life, What Is A HOAM?0 comments

It’s dawned on me, that you are probably curious about what this aspirational obituary is like. So, I’ve decided to post it today. My hope is that this will help you better understand what I’ve been writing about in this blog. And perhaps it will inspire you to think about what you want to do with the time you have left and how you hope to be remembered by the people who loved you and knew you.

Glen’s Aspirational Obituary

My oldest daughter: “Of all the great things I could tell you about my Dad, there’s one that makes me the proudest. I don’t know anyone who lived more like Jesus than he did.

There were so many times he loved me and accepted me and prayed for me when I really needed it. And I watched the way he did that with Mom and us kids. If any of my siblings were standing here, they would each have their own way of saying the same kinds of things I’m saying right now.

My Mom and Dad were so different from each other. Opposites attract, right? Dad taught me how to love people who are really different from me by watching how he loved Mom over the years.

Dad had lots of weird quirks; and a really dry sense of humor. In High School I would always say, “If the people at church only knew what you were really like you’d probably get fired! But they wouldn’t have because of his love for Jesus and how well he served as a pastor.

One of my favorite memories is from when I was little. Dad would make up these hilarious stories about Baby Bear. He usually told them when he was driving me to school or somewhere. I was always begging him to tell me another story. And he’d just roll out these crazy stories that made me laugh so hard. He was so creative like that! Everyone remembers when he would preach in costume as a Bible character.

But the truth is, everybody loved my Dad. My friends did. The people he pastored over the years. People in the community. When I worked at Bernbaum’s or at Sandy’s Donuts they always wanted to know how Dad was.

It’s because he encouraged people and taught people and treated people like I imagine Jesus would have. Dad, I love you and I’m really going to miss you.”

Glen Stevens, Jr was the firstborn to Glen Sr and Diane Stevens. A proud North Dakotan Glen worked to make his state a place where people could thrive. That desire to join with God to create environments that promoted human flourishing extended from ND to the whole world.

Glen married the love of his life, Jill Johnston. They raised four amazing children together. Jill and Glen used the empty-nester years of their marriage to build an amazingly strong friendship and partnership that enabled them to say, their last years of marriage were truthfully their best years of marriage. They loved to travel and cook together and adored and spoiled the grandchildren that came into their family.

After graduating from Minnesota State University Moorhead and then graduate school at Trinity International University, Glen became the first Pastor of Crossroads Church, Albert Lea, MN and served there for 13 years. Followed by a 10-year pastorate serving Salem EFC in Fargo/Moorhead.

In 2019 he obeyed God’s call to become a spiritual entrepreneur. In 2020 he started his coaching business, Teleion LLC. For the remainder of his life he coached leaders in both the business and church worlds to flourish. So they, in turn, could make our world a better place to live, work, and worship.

Simultaneously, he launched a multiplying network of disciplemaking micro-churches that influenced spiritual change and vitality for many, many people who were previously disinterested in and skeptical of any church.

Bob, one of those people whose life was changed by God through Glen wanted to share these remarks. “I thank God so much for Glen. Because of him I was introduced to Jesus and Jesus radically changed my life.

Before I met Glen I didn’t want anything to do with any of the churches around me. Then I met Glen and he became my friend. Over time I could see his life was different from mine in a really good way. He loved Jesus in a way that didn’t push people away. Instead he was like a magnet that drew people to him. Now I know it was Jesus in him that did that.

After hanging out with Glen I wanted whatever it was he had. Through him, I got to know who Jesus really is and I started following Jesus myself. After giving me time to grow spiritually, Glen told me God actually wanted to use me to make a difference in the world. Glen invested in me as a person and as a leader. Today, I’m actually leading one of those micro-churches Glen started when he was obedient to the vision God gave him back in 2019. I’m just one of lots of people who is eternally grateful that he was obedient to that call.”

This movement of micro-churches Bob is now a part of will outlive Glen and will continue to introduce untold thousands of people to the love and reality of a life-transforming relationship with Jesus Christ.  

Glen died surrounded by loving family and friends, thankful for God’s many blessings in his life. To the end he was full of hope, trusting God to be faithful to His promises for His people in the future New Heavens and New Earth. Glen will probably lead something for God there when everything is made new.

This picture of the end of my life on earth is what I’m using to reverse-engineer the time I have left.

P.S.

If you’d like help creating your own HOAM Life Plan, please contact me through this website. Or if you have a group of people you’d like me to facilitate through creating life plans, I’d love to serve you. This is an aspect of my business that I really enjoy!

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I’ve been blogging for three months now about my experience of living as a Hero On A Mission (HOAM). Because of that I’ve mentioned that I actually wrote out my own “hoped-for” obituary. In fact, it’s the first thing I did when I created my HOAM Life Plan. Since then, I’ve done a major revision about one month ago which included adding a couple of extended quotes from other people.

It’s dawned on me, that you are probably curious about what this aspirational obituary is like. So, I’ve decided to post it today. My hope is that this will help you better understand what I’ve been writing about in this blog. And perhaps it will inspire you to think about what you want to do with the time you have left and how you hope to be remembered by the people who loved you and knew you.

Glen’s Aspirational Obituary

My oldest daughter: “Of all the great things I could tell you about my Dad, there’s one that makes me the proudest. I don’t know anyone who lived more like Jesus than he did.

There were so many times he loved me and accepted me and prayed for me when I really needed it. And I watched the way he did that with Mom and us kids. If any of my siblings were standing here, they would each have their own way of saying the same kinds of things I’m saying right now.

My Mom and Dad were so different from each other. Opposites attract, right? Dad taught me how to love people who are really different from me by watching how he loved Mom over the years.

Dad had lots of weird quirks; and a really dry sense of humor. In High School I would always say, “If the people at church only knew what you were really like you’d probably get fired! But they wouldn’t have because of his love for Jesus and how well he served as a pastor.

One of my favorite memories is from when I was little. Dad would make up these hilarious stories about Baby Bear. He usually told them when he was driving me to school or somewhere. I was always begging him to tell me another story. And he’d just roll out these crazy stories that made me laugh so hard. He was so creative like that! Everyone remembers when he would preach in costume as a Bible character.

But the truth is, everybody loved my Dad. My friends did. The people he pastored over the years. People in the community. When I worked at Bernbaum’s or at Sandy’s Donuts they always wanted to know how Dad was.

It’s because he encouraged people and taught people and treated people like I imagine Jesus would have. Dad, I love you and I’m really going to miss you.”

Glen Stevens, Jr was the firstborn to Glen Sr and Diane Stevens. A proud North Dakotan Glen worked to make his state a place where people could thrive. That desire to join with God to create environments that promoted human flourishing extended from ND to the whole world.

Glen married the love of his life, Jill Johnston. They raised four amazing children together. Jill and Glen used the empty-nester years of their marriage to build an amazingly strong friendship and partnership that enabled them to say, their last years of marriage were truthfully their best years of marriage. They loved to travel and cook together and adored and spoiled the grandchildren that came into their family.

After graduating from Minnesota State University Moorhead and then graduate school at Trinity International University, Glen became the first Pastor of Crossroads Church, Albert Lea, MN and served there for 13 years. Followed by a 10-year pastorate serving Salem EFC in Fargo/Moorhead.

In 2019 he obeyed God’s call to become a spiritual entrepreneur. In 2020 he started his coaching business, Teleion LLC. For the remainder of his life he coached leaders in both the business and church worlds to flourish. So they, in turn, could make our world a better place to live, work, and worship.

Simultaneously, he launched a multiplying network of disciplemaking micro-churches that influenced spiritual change and vitality for many, many people who were previously disinterested in and skeptical of any church.

Bob, one of those people whose life was changed by God through Glen wanted to share these remarks. “I thank God so much for Glen. Because of him I was introduced to Jesus and Jesus radically changed my life.

Before I met Glen I didn’t want anything to do with any of the churches around me. Then I met Glen and he became my friend. Over time I could see his life was different from mine in a really good way. He loved Jesus in a way that didn’t push people away. Instead he was like a magnet that drew people to him. Now I know it was Jesus in him that did that.

After hanging out with Glen I wanted whatever it was he had. Through him, I got to know who Jesus really is and I started following Jesus myself. After giving me time to grow spiritually, Glen told me God actually wanted to use me to make a difference in the world. Glen invested in me as a person and as a leader. Today, I’m actually leading one of those micro-churches Glen started when he was obedient to the vision God gave him back in 2019. I’m just one of lots of people who is eternally grateful that he was obedient to that call.”

This movement of micro-churches Bob is now a part of will outlive Glen and will continue to introduce untold thousands of people to the love and reality of a life-transforming relationship with Jesus Christ.  

Glen died surrounded by loving family and friends, thankful for God’s many blessings in his life. To the end he was full of hope, trusting God to be faithful to His promises for His people in the future New Heavens and New Earth. Glen will probably lead something for God there when everything is made new.

This picture of the end of my life on earth is what I’m using to reverse-engineer the time I have left.

P.S.

If you’d like help creating your own HOAM Life Plan, please contact me through this website. Or if you have a group of people you’d like me to facilitate through creating life plans, I’d love to serve you. This is an aspect of my business that I really enjoy!

Glen Stevens

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