Marcus Grimaldi: fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen

Posted by in Brotherhood,Faith | September 10, 2012

I had a really close friend, Logan Chesnut, who was diagnosed with Leukemia about 2 years ago. Every week, I would talk to him about God and what Jesus did for all of us.  At first he didn’t think that Christ was the only way to heaven, but being a good person was.  He believed there was a God and that he created everything, but he didn’t really understand, or live for Him. 

Over a period over a year, his Leukemia went away and he was almost home free, but I still continued to talk to him and ask where he stood in his faith with Christ.  He was never too sure and could never really give me a straight answer.  A few weeks later, his leukemia came back and was worse this time.  He dropped from 165 pounds to 106 pounds and was basically withering away.  I still continued to talk to him about what it meant to be a follower of Christ and how to do so.

He told me that the reason he stayed friends with me for so long compared to anyone else was how I carried myself.  I didn’t cuss, drink, I was polite to everybody, and I cared about how he was doing, visiting him multiple times a week in the hospital.

One night I was compelled to call him one more time and talk to him about Christ.  I asked him where he stood on his faith and he replied to me that He had accepted Christ into his heart and was baptized in his home (unable to go into public because of his leukemia). I literally broke down crying I was so relieved by his decision.  

The next week I was planning on visiting him at his house before I went back to school. I was so hectic in packing, that it completely slipped my mind to visit him one last time.  I arrived at school and that very night I received a phone call that he passed away..

I was so distraught that I didn’t see him one last time, but remembered that he accepted Christ into his life and was in a better place, with no more pain. And the best part was that I knew that I would see him forever!  I have been at peace since that time, knowing that he accepted Christ into his life, and that I had a little part in helping him get there!

Ever since he got sick, I shared with him one of my favorite verses in the Bible, which was announced as his inspirational quote at his funeral, dedicated to me.

2 Corinthians 4:16-18- 

“That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.”

– Marcus Grimaldi

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