The Man, the Myth, the Legend….Bob

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Right out of high school I took a year off and worked at one of the local gas stations in my town. There I was able to meet a man by the name of Bob Levering. He was 52, a recovering alcoholic, and he smoked unfiltered cigarettes (yuk!). But more importantly than all of those things he loved Jesus and the people around him, and he did his job with a quiet joy and faithfulness.

Bob would have a grin on his face as he greeted customers, mopped the floor, stocked the cooler, and even when he had to clean the bathrooms (trust me, they could get scary). He always made sure to say “God bless you” to each person that left, and he was always the first person to help someone when they were in need. And in all things he always gave God the glory, in the good and in the bad.

Now most people will never remember Bob, and as I am writing this blog post I learned that he died of cancer in 2013. However, I will never forget him nor the way his faithful presence at that gas station impacted the people around him, including me. I believe that Bob embodied what Paul was talking about in 1 Thessalonians 4 when he says the following in verses 9-12:

[9] Now concerning brotherly love you have no need for anyone to write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love one another, [10] for that indeed is what you are doing to all the brothers throughout Macedonia. But we urge you, brothers, to do this more and more, [11] and to aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we instructed you, [12] so that you may walk properly before outsiders and be dependent on no one.

Brotherly love, loving and serving others, living a quiet and faithful life to God, minding his own affairs, working hard unto the Lord, and walking in a way that honored God were all marks of who Bob was. Was he a rock star? No. Did he change the world? no. But he did help to change the course of one young mans life as he daily showed me who God was through his love, care, work ethic, and joy.

It is my hope that all Christians, including myself, will not only heed the words of the apostle Paul which call us to a quiet life of faithfulness, hard work, and love for one another, but also that we will follow Bob’s example. That we will be people that faithfully and diligently love and serve others right where we are. And though we may not become famous or we impact the world, our faithfulness may just be what God uses to change one persons life the way Bob changed mine.

Bob Levering. A man who loved God, loved others, and whose quiet faithfulness and joy changed my life, and perhaps the lives of many others. May we heed his example as he lived out the very words of God.

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