One of My Mentors Just Died…

This one hit real close to home.

Marv Hubbard passed away early this morning, and I am grieving.

Marv, you taught me how to love.  You taught me about truth.  You taught me how to not only speak into another’s darkness, but to pull up a chair and live with them there.

When I was most unlovely Marv, you loved me.  You loved me enough to speak truth and life into my hurting soul.

You were an artist my friend,  not only with a brush and paint, but with your carefully crafted words on the canvas of many hearts.

I’ve spent the past 2 days going back through your Blogs and Tweets.  Your wisdom…..wow.  I’m missing you so much…..

Here are a few of my favorite quotes of yours:

  • The secret to this happiness thing is to give one’s life away, plowing it into the lives of others.
  • The agape love described in scripture means that you love, expecting nothing in return.
  • A line out Switchfoot’s new CD says “every breath is a second chance.” Fortunately I have had many breaths of atonement.
  • When we clear our pipelines to God and others of the junk in our lives, we are able to sense the leading of God and the needs of others.
  • I am beginning to realize that the worst place that I can be as a Christian is thinking that I have arrived.
  • Unless we come to grips with the mortality of life, we never see the importance of a daily decision for Christ to truly live.
  • True life is in fully accepting your mortality; realizing the joy of this day by recognizing that it could be your last.
  • The secret of contentment is learning to embrace the rain that falls in all of our lives. I rejoice in the people who embrace the rain.
  • The time has come where we need to do more than speak into people’s darkness. We need to live with them in their darkness to show the light.

I miss you Marv.  Thank you for your legacy.  Thank you for your love.  Thank you for showing me what true love looks like.

Even in your death Marv Hubbard, your legacy lives on…

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5 responses to this post.

  1. Roy – Thanks for this incredible tribute! Marv’s quick wit and wisdom were always good for a laugh, an “a ha!” moment, and many “Hmmm…” moments. He will be missed by many but I am excited that he is at the feet of Jesus, no longer in pain. God has called his name and Marv has risen, soaring on eagle’s wings knowing full well that even though his heart and flesh failed – It Is Well!

  2. Posted by Frank Basciano on February 19, 2010 at 7:03 PM

    Thank you Roy for summing up so many of my thoughts and memories of Marv. I know that Marv’s legacy will live on becasue men like us will continue to express Marv’s influence on us in our thoughts, words and deeds.

  3. Posted by mom on February 20, 2010 at 4:58 PM

    What a wonderful and inspiring man and one that made a real difference in your life my son. Only wish I had known him. He was very wise and a real man of God. I know tht his legacy will live on in your life and all that knew him. He and Jesus today are smiling together. I love you son and hurt because you are hurting. Mom

  4. Posted by Liz Diaz on February 22, 2010 at 9:12 PM

    Thanks Roy for sharing. As usual , spoken sweetly from the heart. Marv was one of three influential men of Christ who walked by my side as I stepped out of my black and white box into uncomfortalbe territoy learning leadership.

    Marv was always willing to step in wherever needed. He was reliable and his promise and commitment never waivered. He was always supportive offering encouragement.

    I will forever have the memory of Marv taking me aside to practice public prayer. He told me come sit down with me, close your eyes, take a deep breath and talk to me from your heart. He explained prayer is simply talking to God. Public prayer was merely more than a change from singular to plural.

    Marv was always upbeat and poitive. I was so amazed, in awe and to be honest somewhat jealous of how strong his fatith was.

    Marv, I will miss you and your dry sense of humor. Oh yeah, it took a little while before I realized Marv could be funny. At times when I was stressed and he would talk to me, I was listening, but did not hear his words. He would bring me back to earth through laughing.

    I have been truly blessed to call Marv my friend. I thank you Father God for the time you gave me with one of your children in christ.

    Rest in peace my friend.

  5. thanks Scott, Frank, Mom, and Liz for sharing your comments. Your words are truth, and truth soothes…

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