Friday May 11

Psalm 116:15  Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints

Please indulge me today.  I want to remember Kevin Martin, a friend who was such a blessing in my business career.  We hadn’t talked for years and I just discovered this week that he passed away 3 years ago at the age of 52.  Kevin became a client of mine and he possessed the most infectious joy!

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Over the last 45 years, there are a number of men in my life that have become unique and special to me.  It’s a list of individuals that provoke memories that make me smile.  Whenever I was (or am) with them, things are just more enjoyable – even problem situations.  Kevin was one of those men.

If I recall correctly, when I first met him, he was the VP of Finance at a hospital in NE Ohio that he later became CEO of.  I was involved in the sales process of proposing that the hospital become a client.  It’s an understatement to describe that process as an adventure.   In the midst of potential ‘land mines’ in that process, it’s where I first encountered his laughter and sense of humor.

A competitor had really trashed my company to him.  Instead of reacting as the competitor hoped, Kevin thought it was an absolute ‘hoot’.  I’ll never forget when he shared the situation with me and gave me the opportunity to address the ‘issues’ raised by my competitor.  He might have been laughing at what had been said, but I recognized that he wanted my serious response.  My respect for him did nothing but grow with the passing years.  He was a consummate professional who brought a joy to everything he was involved with.

Kevin is the third ‘special’ friend/associate who I have remembered in a devotional – the other two were a year before this blog was created.  All three went to be with the Lord while they were young.  Dan Crabtree died at age 63.  His life and testimony were instrumental in my coming to the Lord.  Then there was Mike Maggiano who was the best boss I ever had.  His life profoundly impacted me.  He died at 66.

These are men I honor.  They touched me in such a significant way.  My prayer is that each of us would become names on the lists that others make of those individuals that have touched their lives.  That others would think of us, like I think of Kevin, Mike and Dan.

About Don Schmidt

Beginning in the fall of 2009, Don was VP of Operations & Director of Student Life for 2 years at Williamson Christian College in Franklin, TN - a wonderful, accredited 4 year college for adult learners. That is where he started writing the devotionals. The passion of his heart is to love God and to help others learn to love God more and more. He grew up in St. Joseph, MI - Class of '66. Graduated from Michigan State in '70 and Wheaton Grad School in '78. Thunderous conversion October 11, 1968. He and Donna were engaged 2 hrs & 15 minutes after they met August 25, 1969 at a Christian camp in Georgia. They married in '70 and have 4 wonderful sons. Most of his adult career has been in business in NE Ohio. They lived for 20 years in Peninsula, OH. They attended St. Luke's Ministries (Anglican) in Copley, OH for many years. Six years ago they were reassigned by the Lord to attend River of Life Community Church in Hudson, OH. St. Luke's prayerfully sent them off on this new adventure with much love.
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