This week, the world lost a great little boy. Micah was the adopted son of acquaintances of ours. He was killed in an accident on a neighbor’s property. An 8-year-old out having fun – and then, changing many people’s lives in an instant. This article won’t focus on his death, but rather his life. Here are my observations from seeing him a couple times a week for a minute (max) each.
Micah was a joy to be around and people naturally were drawn to him. The things that made him well liked by all were his bright eyes, tender heart, and sweet spirit. No matter what, there was sunny Micah eager to please and ready to laugh.
His name reminded me of the prophet in the Bible who wrote an Old Testament book. My favorite verse from it is Micah 6:8 because it often answers the questions, “Why am I here?” or even, “What am I supposed to do with my life?” It contains practical, challenging, and worthy lifelong advice.
“He has told you, O man, what is good;
And what does the LORD require of you except to be just, and to love and to diligently practice kindness, and to walk humbly with your God setting aside any overblown sense of importance or self-righteousness?” (Amplified Bible)
I don’t know if “our” Micah knew that verse. Being raised in a Christian home, it might have been part of a study or lesson his parents or Sunday School teacher might have included. Truthfully, I think that verse was part of his DNA.
My takeaway from this tragic loss? The impact you make on the people around you matters less on the amount of time you have with them than it does on the grace, mercy, and love you show them. Micah knew that years ago.
Blake Conover, President