I lost a dear friend this week.
Doug was an incredible guy. His Scottish brogue was a signature part of his charisma, and he was patient when we asked him to deliver those Montgomery Scott imitations. Although he was just as indispensable to our 12Stone Staff as that fictional character was to the starship Enterprise, he was far more tender-hearted than anyone could imagine.
One minute, he would be pushing the tech team towards a level of excellence that would drive anyone crazy…and the next minute he would be weeping over the countless people who are far from God. He spent his life investing in Kingdom work, and he inspired me to sacrifice to make a difference.
I loved listening to his stories of the old days when he himself was distant from his heavenly father. He told compelling personal stories of his experience in business, sports, and international travels. In fact, he is in the Guinness book of records for playing squash for 48 hours and 2 minutes.
Yet, he was vulnerable and candid about his shortcomings as a human being. He always took responsibility for his mistakes…and probably for others as well. He protected his team and gave himself for their benefit. He was an incredible husband, dad, grandfather, and friend.
Doug, I look forward to seeing you again.
“For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.” 1 The 4:16-17