This morning I spoke at my church on becoming a person worthy to imitate. I referenced an article written about one of my grandfathers after his death in 1992. Below is the entire article. I think you will see his humility, intimacy, integrity, and hopefulness.
He was worthy to imitate.
By Jim Hamlin, June 1992
I can’t quite remember when I first met him but I do recall my first impressions. Immediately, I was impressed by his hulking frame, the strength of his handshake and how he looked me right in the eye and called me “brother”. I found myself mesmerized by his deep resounding voice and by the way he said “Jesus.” The warmth of his smile and the tenderness with which he spoke betrayed a “gentle giant” within.
The longer I knew him and the more intimate our relationship became, the more I was convinced that he was a prince in an ordinary man’s clothes. He had a heart undivided in its allegiance to God. The passion of his life was to know Christ and to enable others to know him. If you had cut him, he would have bled the Word of God. He was saturated with the Scriptures. His character was impeccable, his conduct was without criticism. An unassuming nature and genuine humility graced his life.
In the days of ancient Rome, shoddy building contractors would hide a flaw in the column by smoothing it over with wax. Honest builders developed an industry seal “sine (without) caries (flaw). It’s the term from which we get our word “sincerely”. Literally it means, “without wax.” Brother Richard Hunt was truly a “man without wax,” sincere in all his ways.
The cancer that finally took his life also opened the inner sanctum of his soul to me. God cannot trust everyone with the intensity of suffering He allowed to touch Brother Richard. Though we could not give logical human reasons for the “whys”, we both understood that through the suffering, God was working in his life. Though the outer man was passing away, his inner man was becoming stronger with each passing day.
Brother Richard was possessed with Christian assurance…assurance that did not fail him last Thursday. He was transported from this life into the place His Lord had prepared for him. Upon his death, we might well remember the words of Horatio from Shakespeare’s “Hamlet”: “Good night, sweet prince, and flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.” But more importantly, these words: “well done, good and faithful servant of mine; you have been faithful over a few things, I will now make you ruler over many things: enter into the joy of your Lord.”