Here are some examples of how to do that:
If your loved one was passionate about nature you might join an environmental cleanup group.
If your loved one always sported a positive attitude, try to adopt this way of life.
If your loved one took care of animals, join a pet rescue mission.
If your loved one went to church and lived a life of faith, try renewing your faith.
My father’s philosophy was that everyone deserved to be loved. To honor him and attempt to live out his philosophy of unconditional love, I, along with two of my daughters, went on a week-long mission trip to the Mustard Seed Communities –Jamaica.
My father’s death forever changed my life but the gift of his philosophy of life changed my heart…
They are poor, vulnerable and rejected by their own families. They have many physical and mental challenges. They have been infected with the HIV virus. They have become pregnant as unwed teenagers.
THEY are the residents of Mustard Seed Communities and THEY changed my heart.
Although many of the residents are unable to talk, hear, see or move, they showed me how to love, how to be joyful and what having faith really means. I witnessed and experienced God’s unconditional love (my father’s philosophy of life) with those who are deaf, blind, broken and abandoned. I learned that loving unconditionally calls for us to be in direct contact with the poor, the vulnerable and the broken; the people we might typically ignore or avoid.
The most amazing part is that this message of God’s unconditional love was conveyed to me by the residents of Mustard Seed without words! In spite of the fact that very few of the residents could talk, we had some great “conversations”. Love was shown via hugs, hand-holding, dancing, playing, smiling, simple sign-language and lots and lots of laughter. It was a joyful message of love.
I went on the mission trip to live out my father’s philosophy of unconditional love by giving my time and energy and compassion to those in need. The surprise ending is that I was the one in need and became the recipient of a wonderful gift…God’s unconditional and joyful love.
Thank you dad. Your good works continue. I love you and miss you.
What was your deceased loved one’s philosophy of life?