The Standard is the Standard. This is Steeler Coach Tomlin mantra to the team when injuries occur. The ‘next man up’ (another Tomlin expression) is meant to understand that they need to follow the expectation which, of course, is to win a Super Bowl with excellent play.
While Kath’s mantra is ‘I will interpret the standard with my touch’. Ok not as catchy but you get the point. I have had aseat to watch over years as her touch in anything she gets involved in. I told her brother John when we embarked on Mark’s funeral just sit back and watch the magic.
It started quickly when she took the online funeral home obituary and made it a ‘love tribute to her brother’. Took some by surprise so it was modified a bit to be a standard informational obituary then her love letter followed.
Next came the transformation of our living and dining room into the tribute studio to re-create Mark’s life on story boards. Very well done as it was displayed at his service (and I think made some posts somewhere).
Then the service itself. It was a hard situation given Mark’s many choices and lack of loving the Lord. Many funeral services can be uplifting as they are often a Celebration of Life that focus on their good choices usually associated with a solid relationship with Christ. We all knew that this would not have the feel. While all of us but one…she changed this standard too. It was a Celebration of the Dignity of a Life. While she acknowledged the hard stuff, she found the good stuff too. We all mourned but I think all left with a sense that life has dignity and deserves our best view of it. Rest in peace.
Back to the Standard. God has a Standard…he is holy and just. In reality, we can never meet this standard and we all fall short in sin…this is why He had to find a way for us with his Son’s Jesus atonement. Hebrews 12:2 states ‘Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.’
Someday Kath will land in heaven cause Jesus met this Standard. However heaven will need to appear aware as of her touch.