I woke up yesterday morning to the unfortunate news of the death of my role model and distant mentor, Dr Myles Munroe who died on Sunday with his wife and some other members of his ministry.
My first encounter with Dr Myles was through a message he preached in Nigeria on relationships and what he called “the myth of singleness.” I have remained glued to his ministry ever since and my biggest “bookshop temptations” have been with his books and when I discovered that he was doing on the international scale, what I do, I loved him more.
I can never forget that evening when He was to speak in a programme in Ibadan. I had, together with some other fellowship folks attended the naming ceremony of the child of an Alumnus and we all enthusiastically headed for the meeting. Our bus had issues and eventually, we could not make it for that meeting. Fortunately for us, the minister could not make the meeting and we had another chance to see Dr. Myles Munroe minister live. I still couldn’t attend the rescheduled meeting. Now, I can never meet him again- not on this side of eternity.
I don’t exactly know how to write a tribute to this great man of God. What I want to share are 7 quotes by Dr Munroe that has challenged me and that I believe we should all keep in mind as we continue to live fully to die empty. I really would want you to share the greatest lessons you have learnt from this man of God as we honour and pay tributes to a man who poured himself into millions of people.
1. “This is one reason why there are so many confused people in the world: We have misunderstood God’s original intent; we have misunderstood not only ourselves, but also God’s purpose for us on Earth”
2. “No man has the right to lead a woman if he doesn’t have the ability to truly hear God”
3. “Greatness is not only possible but also accessible; and it is accessible to every human- whoever!”
4. “If you refine your gift, develop your gift and then serve your gift to the world, you become great!”
5. “The success of your life depends upon how well you understand and live out the kingdom life”
6. “The worst mistake a leader can make is to mentor no one, choose no successor and leave no legacy!”
7. “Life’s greatest tragedy is not death but a life without purpose”
The seventh quote is my (and I believe for many other people) favourite quote. It not only consoles me about the kind of life Dr Munroe lived, it tells me the kind of life we should be living. Dr Munroe’s life message centred on God’s global plan to recolonize the earth and to make it the colony of Heaven. Your critical role in that plan cannot be ignored any longer. That’ll be a tragedy greater than the death of Dr. Myles Munroe!
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