There are many ways to describe people. As a Christian, I strive to describe people using love. In this world, most times I need the help of the Holy Spirit to guide me with supernatural love. For Pastor Bill, it is easy to speak about him in love. He was our Pastor. For some in our church he was their Pastor for fifteen years, others weren't fortune enough to spend that much time under his teaching. I was only blessed to spend almost a year learning from Pastor Bill. I've learned and grown quite a bit in the last year under his guidance. Looking in a thesarus, I could find many words to describe how great of a man he was. But I find that the word "Waypoint" does him honor. The word waypoint is described as "a point between major points on a route, as along a track." according to The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language-Fourth Edition.
As Christians, we are taught to imitate Christ in our daily walk. To love like Christ, to live like Christ, to be like Christ in all we say, think, and do. I know from where I stand and where Jesus has set the bar, it is a very long journey and difficult for my little mind to fathom such a distance. That is where someone like Pastor Bill comes in, as well as the word waypoint. At Pastor's memorial service many lovely things were said about such a wonderful man. The most consistent statement was that there was no doubt where he went in his passing. No one doubts that he is in Heaven doing what he was created to do, worshipping God face to face. Pastor was one of a few people I've met that I can honestly say "talked the talked" and "walked the walked". He showed us all that though "all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" Romans 3:23(NIV), that we should all strive to live for God in all we do. From my starting point to Jesus, I need something to show me that there is a path to the destination. I need waypoints along such a large journey. Pastor's life and the way he lived stands as a waypoint on the horizon of my vision, to show me how to get back on the path that we all need to walk.