I’ve had a lot of friends. Good and bad. Rob Harvey was the best!
Yesterday, at the kind invitation of his loving wife, I was accorded the privilege of speaking a few words at his memorial service (delayed by months due to COVID-19 restrictions). At least a dozen others shared reflections (and how they had also been Rob’d). Being the last to speak (after so much had already been said), left me wondering if there was anything I could possibly add.
Then, I thought, what would Rob do (WWRD)? I landed on three things.
First, he would want everyone to smile. Almost everyone mentioned Rob’s sense of humor and how he loved to laugh. WWRD? He would want everyone to know that while COVID is very contagious, so is joy. Infect everyone!
Second, Rob would want every one to feel important. I joked about my anger, because I realized that I wasn’t as special as I had originally thought. Rob made everyone feel that way! Yes, Rob often told me I was a “gift,” but he saw everyone in the same light. WWRD? He would want everyone to know that while it is good to champion causes, it is better to champion people!
Third, Rob would want everyone to realize that the Christian life is eternal NOW. Life for the Christ-follower is “forever now” and every decision should be made with a view of eternity.
On a very personal note, I ended with the understanding that in Rob Harvey I finally grasped the relationship between David and Jonathan (1 Samuel 18:1-4). Jonathan (the son of King Saul) saw things in David (the future king of Israel) that David had not yet seen in himself. In a sense, Rob “Jonathan’d” me.
He gave me the robe of his consistent encouragement, the tunic of his limitless optimism, the sword of his wisdom (grounded in God’s Word), the bow that was his instrument to fire the arrows that always covered me in intercession, and the belt of God’s truth forged by his own life experience.
In other words, Rob Harvey gave me all of himself, without reservation, and I am a better man because he did. Thank you, Mary, for the honor. Thank you, Rob, for the life you lived.
The greatest legacy one can pass on to one’s children and grandchildren is not money or other material things accumulated in one’s life, but rather a legacy of character and faith. – Billy Graham