The Measure of a Man

I discovered my purpose in life last weekend in the most unlikely of places. I had the honor and privilege to attend a memorial service--a true celebration of life--for my husband's uncle, Dr. John Chacha. I wasn't able to spend a ton of time with Chacha, having only been apart of the Horst family since my marriage to Husband 3 years ago, but last Saturday's service alone was life changing (and, since Husband and I started dating while serving at the City of Hope which was founded by Chacha, I guess I owe him some measure of thanks for my family today!).

Anyway, I know it may seem odd, calling a memorial service life changing, but I have no other way to describe it. As I sat listening to person after person share memories and lessons learned from Chacha I was able to see to a small degree just how far-reaching the ripples from his life have been and continue to be. People from several different countries shared; even more people from even more countries were tuning in online; there are two more services planned in two different countries. Bottom line: that's a lot of people celebrating the life of one man! And he deserves it; he truly impacted so many people. That was kind of a theme of the day. Everyone who shared (and there were a lot of people who shared) talked about how Chacha was such a father/brother/mentor/life-changing force in their lives. I listened to almost three and a half hours of stories about Chacha, and I think it's safe to say that all of us would have loved to hear even more. No one was staring at their watch, hoping that the next person to share would make it short. We all sat there drinking in not only the stories of Chacha's life but also what the Spirit was saying to us as individuals through Chacha's legacy. It was truly inspiring.

The City of Hope Children lined up to sing and welcome a new visitor in 2010.

The City of Hope Children lined up to sing and welcome a new visitor in 2010.

So, how did this help me discover my purpose in life? Maybe that's a little dramatic. Perhaps it would be more accurate to say that Chacha helped me pinpoint what I want the result of my fulfilling my purpose in life to be. I want to touch the lives of many people. I want to physically embody the love of Jesus to so many people that, when I go Home, they have reason to sit and talk about what they learned from my life for over three hours and still have more to say. Lord, enable me to live out my calling boldly, passionately, and with Your Love.

Anyone, whether you knew Chacha or not, who would like to learn more about one of his dreams can go here. Anyone who would like to help the dream grow and continue can go here to donate to help build a secondary school at the City of Hope (make sure you put "secondary school" in the field where you can choose what project to which you are donating.

Amani Medical Center at the City of Hope.

Amani Medical Center at the City of Hope.