My Best Friends’ Dad Died: What It Taught Me About Kid’s Ministry

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Sometimes terrible things happen like a 57 year old man, who lives an active healthy life, goes into the ER because he’s coughing up a little blood and 2 weeks later he’s dead.

That’s what happened to my best friend’s dad…6 days before his wedding and a week before Father’s Day.

It was tragic on so many levels.

He was an awesome dad who always treated me like his own son growing up, and now he was gone…before he could dance with his daughters at their weddings or be a grandpa.

But the biggest lesson I learned wasn’t that God isn’t fair; it was that God honors faithfulness.

You see, at his funeral his wife shared how he’d turned from drugs and alcohol at 21, he just quit them cold turkey, because he started following Jesus and wanted to be a good dad.

Then one after another his kids shared how there was never a morning they didn’t see him reading his Bible.

They talked about how he would always hug them and tell them he loved them, even after a fight or an argument.

They talked about how everything always came back to Jesus with him.

And at the conclusion of his funeral, his daughter gave an invitation for salvation and led everyone in a prayer to accept Jesus.

His funeral led to over 300 people hearing the gospel of Jesus Christ!

And the crazy thing is my best friend’s dad lived a pretty normal life.

He was an auto mechanic for 30+ years.

He didn’t have lots of influence.

He didn’t even work around a lot of people.

 

So how had he genuinely touched so many lives?

It’s simple: He was faithful.

Once he committed his life to Jesus, he never turned away; he kept taking the next step, even when it didn’t feel like he was making a difference.

And because of that faithfulness…he left behind a godly wife and 4 godly children…he touched hundreds if not thousands of lives…his children shared the gospel at his funeral!

I heard a pastor say, “It’s impossible to overestimate what God can do with a lifetime of faithfulness.”

And my best friend’s dad is living proof.

That’s what I want, more than success, more than money, more than anything.

I want a life of faithfulness like my best friend’s dad!

So if you’re discouraged, burnt out, or feel like you’re not making a difference in ministry: stay faithful.

You want to give up? Don’t.

God honors faithfulness!

That’s what my best friend’s dad taught me about ministry, about life.

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Brandon Horst

I am passionate about family, especially my amazing wife, Hannah, my daughter, Emery, and my son Tristan. I am also passionate about helping Family Ministry Leaders lead better. I love new ideas, innovation, and collaborating with other leaders to make those ideas and innovations better. I currently serve as the Next Gen Pastor at Centerpointe Church in Fairfax, VA.

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Brandon Horst

I am passionate about family, especially my amazing wife, Hannah, my daughter, Emery, and my son Tristan. I am also passionate about helping Family Ministry Leaders lead better. I love new ideas, innovation, and collaborating with other leaders to make those ideas and innovations better. I currently serve as the Next Gen Pastor at Centerpointe Church in Fairfax, VA.

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