This past weekend has probably been one of the most tragic for many people across the world. Partly because it should have been a time in which we all were completely enthralled in the sentiments of Thanksgiving, and yet, in light of the events that occurred, we indubitably find ourselves thankful nonetheless. What I am referring to is the loss of two men named Paul. One, is probably known to the world most recognizably for his acting, while the other is best known as one of the pioneers of Christian Television Broadcasting.
Paul William Walker, IV, has had an amazing ride of a life, as many will be learning in the coming days. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, or are just not that in to action films, it’d be undoubtable that you’d be unaware of the 6 completed Fast and Furious series films he starred in over the course of the last 12 years and the seventh which was still being filmed and originally scheduled to be released next year. Amazingly, people are finding out about his love of his daughter, his faith in God, his noble and generous heart. In 40 years, he has put smiles on millions of faces, lit up rooms, and had the life that many could only dream of. While I cannot count myself as one who knew him personally, I can count myself among the many who can admire him, and be proud that this was one guy for whom will was truly a shining star among so many that can become dim in the line of work he was in.
Rev. Paul Franklin Crouch, Sr. likewise lived an amazing life. It is so amazing that in the span of Paul Walkers life, Rev. Paul Crouch built the Trinity Broadcasting Network. At the age of 79, this man was still living out the vision that God put in him and was boldly blazing a trail for the many people who are now following in his steps. He has left a legacy that is in great hands and touched the hearts of millions as the gospel has been able to go to places previously untouched by those whose feet might have never before been able to go.
What I love about Rev. Paul Crouch, Sr., whom I also did not have the pleasure of meeting personally, is that he was a true visionary, a man who foresaw the need for a successor and set one in place beforehand, one who raised the next generation with the goal of carrying on the vision, even if they went about doing it in different ways. I love that he was a loving man who dared to do what no one believed could be done. I can only imagine the number of lives that were saved because of him, not just spiritually, but physically; thinking of those whose lives were freed of despair, shame, hurt, loss, brokenness, confusion, mental illness, and countless other ways that we may never consider. Though he was a few months shy of that illustrious 80 year mark, I truly believe that God knew best and that he still carries that blessing.
I find it interesting that these two Paul’s were taken from us not just in the same weekend, but the same day; one in the morning, the other in the evening. Whether you choose to look at these two Paul’s in the same way that I do or not, believe that God has definitely brought light to us in different ways through these two men, and believe that we are the better for having been gifted by their presence.
QUESTION: What memories or lessons will you take away from the passing of these two Paul’s?
- Paul Crouch, co-founder of Trinity Broadcasting (TBN) dead at 79 (examiner.com)
- Paul Crouch, Televangelist and Tbn Founder, Dies at Age 79 (katenews2day.com)
- Televangelist Paul Crouch dies at 79 (newsnet5.com)
- Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson Remembers Paul Walker’s “Calming Presence … – Us Magazine (usmagazine.com)