Like you, I was shocked to learn that my long-time friend Myles Munroe, his wife, and others were killed in a tragic plane crash in the Bahamas on Sunday.
I knew and admired Myles since we first met at Oral Roberts University in the 1980s. He was a recent grad, but his Bahamas Faith Ministries International that he founded only a short time earlier already had become successful.
I last saw him in January when he spoke at Morris Cerullo’s huge conference in Orlando. I told him I was having a procedure for prostate cancer in the Bahamas later that month. He was a great comfort to me during that time.
Over the years, I brought him in as a consultant for our media company, published several of his many books (three are still in print), had him as a guest in my home, visited his church on numerous occasions in the Bahamas and spent hours talking about the things of God.
He’s what I learned from Myles Munroe before he was tragically taken from us:
- He loved his wife, Ruth, and theirs was an example of what a healthy Christian marriage should look like. One of the first times I heard him speak, he called her to the podium and told the audience how beautiful, smart and beloved she was, using flowery poetic language that made me wish I could be that romantic in such an elegant way. I learned that saying the right thing at the right time inspires other husbands in a positive way to do the same. Of course my wife is very private, so I’d never invite her to the podium. But, I think Myles’ example made me more conscious of how to be more expressive in how I articulate my deep devotion as a husband. Myles and Ruth seemed to have a wonderful marriage during the three decades I knew them. How sad that they died together in this crash.
- He taught me about leadership and transition. Ironically, Myles was on his way to a conference talking about that very subject when the plane went down. I remember a meal we had at the Atlantis Resort in Nassau in 2001. We sat and talked about how to pick a successor like Jesus. I had never really given any thought to who Jesus’ successor would be because Jesus is alive. But as a successor on earth, I suppose I would have said Paul. But Myles said Jesus’ successor was Peter—the one on whom Christ built His church. Myles said Jesus asked Peter: “Do you love me?” Always pick someone who loves you to succeed you, he said. Otherwise, your successor will beat your life’s work into the ground—something I’ve never forgotten.
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SOURCE: Charisma News