Tuesday, February 24, 2009

My Mentor

Peggy Gannon passed away February 10, 2009, after a relatively short and painful bout with cancer.  She was known to all as a caring compassionate soul.  Peggy mothered anyone who needed it.  Her quick smile, incredible cooking, and faithfulness will be missed by all who knew her.

Peggy's example began to impact my life from the moment I met her. I was a new student in Master's attending her husband's funeral. She greeted each new face with peace and strength. A peace I had never witnessed before; it was evident of a seasoned walk with God. From that moment I knew Peggy clung to a Jesus I wanted to know so badly.  

I had the privilege of rubbing shoulders with Peggy over the next several years as she served the church in many ways.  There was never a dull moment in the kitchen as many of us would gather around to hear whatever she had to say. Peggy had the fragrance of Jesus as she told stories of life-lessons.  She talked of times being tough and persevering, months of praying and not hearing a word from the Lord. Stories of traveling to Russia, Samoa and Sweden.  The lessons of being a wife, a mother rearing four children and striving to be a woman of God. She was an extraordinary woman who I aspire to be like.  

Peggy has by far been my greatest mentor.  I am the wife and woman of God I am today because of the impact of her life.  I am forever grateful to have had Peggy as my mentor.

Friday, February 6, 2009


Half of learning is learning.  The other half of learning is unlearning.  Unfortunately, unlearning is twice as hard as learning.    

Even if you study the teachings of Christ, you'll realize that learning wasn't his primary goal.  His primary goal was unlearning.  Jesus was constantly uninstalling Old Testament concepts and upgrading them with New Testament truths.  

Half of spiritual growth is learning what we don't know.  The other half is unlearning what we do know.

-Mark Batterson, "In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day"