Today I’m saying goodbye to my old Sunday school teacher and spiritual mentor, Mrs. Martha Brown, who died over the weekend. As I look back, I recognize the impact she had on me. One particular story comes to mind. As a teenager, I desired to serve the Lord, and I worked hard to serve others. (In retrospect, I probably worked as hard as I did to please others more than the Lord, but I thought I was serving the Lord at the time.) Mrs. Brown saw me running to-and-fro in my quest to serve the Lord/others. She pulled me aside once and said, “Leon, why are you always running? If you’re going to effectively serve the Lord, than you must sit still once-in-a-while and be with Jesus.” Although I sometimes forget to heed her advice, I was set on a new path of discipleship that day. Although her name was “Martha,” she taught me how to be Mary (see Luke 10:38-42). I thank the Lord for Mrs. Brown and the impact she made on me and countless others over her 96 years of life. May she rest in peace.