The Road We Walk

There are many ways in which you can look at a life and determine blessing or success.  I know in my own life I have been blessed to have four amazing men of faith, wisdom, knowledge, understanding and a love for God that has inspired me. 

Richard Holland, John Jacks, Graham McMechan and Kevin Conner.  Richard and John have already gone to be with the Lord, Graham has many years to go (thankfully!!) but Kevin passed away this week.  These four men have spoken into my life in more ways than I could ever describe.  I am very grateful and thankful that God allowed us to cross paths and walk this road together.

Many tributes have been flowing in for Kevin.  At these times we undoubtedly feel sad that he is no longer with us, but also joy in the knowledge that he has gone home to his loving heavenly Father.  He is a happy man right now.

Kevin imparted much into many lives.  His teaching, knowledge and wisdom is known around the world. His love for the Word of God and passion to gain wisdom and knowledge, with humility of heart, has been an inspiration. The ability he had to communicate and expound the Scriptures was a gift which he used to its fullest extent.

A man held in the highest esteem. He fought the good fight and ran the race right to the end.  What an example to all of us.

I had the privilege, like many others, to sit under Kevin’s teaching.  The thing for me was that it came at such a crucial and critical stage of my life, through my teenage years. To have the opportunity to hear the Word preached and taught in the way he did, I will be eternally grateful.

The foundations that were laid in my life back then have kept me with my feet firmly planted on solid ground. I refer often to his books while preparing my own sermons. I remember Kevin would always take the time to say hello, ask how you were going and be very generous with his time.  He would be very happy to sit and speak with you one on one.  You knew that he loved you and valued you as a person.

These moments, when someone dies, always give us time for reflection.  I would love to think that the love for the Word of God that Kevin had, like Richard, John and Graham too, would be passed onto others.  That this is something we all think about at this time and see as important.  We need to be strong in the Lord.  Kevin was strong in the Lord because he was rock solid and strong in the Word and held an unwavering commitment to the things of God.

I know I speak for many - it has been an honour to know Kevin and know that the road we walked, we walked it together.

What a legacy he has left behind. 

Ps. Adrian

Adrian Olney