Last week I attended an inspiring funeral service. It was for Russell Costello who, amongst other things, taught at Carey for over 30 years. His two sons Tim and Peter, and daughter Janet, spoke of his profound influence upon their lives. They each spoke of his rich Christian faith and how that impacted them. Several of the grandchildren also reflected upon their love for Russell and his obvious impact upon their lives. I was reminded again that it is not so much the big things we do, but rather simply doing the little things well. Little things like spending time talking, doing gardening together, sharing meals, laughing, and sharing sadness. Little things like treating people with respect, praying for them, and expressing love in action.
In the Old Testament there are references to the cedars of Lebanon. These trees often exist for 1000 years and are a symbol of strength and dependability. How our nation/world needs people who can be likened to the cedars of Lebanon – people whose character and life inspires others to be strong and courageous, to dare to swim against the current, and to do the right thing, simply because it is the right thing.
Last Thursday it was my privilege to be at a funeral of such a person and I left inspired. May we all be inspired by people like that, and may we become that person to those entrusted to our care.
Senior School Chaplain