For those of you who knew Sloan Everett, I envy you.
I've personally only known Sloan through people who knew him, stories I've read, and pictures I've seen. But, his story has affected my life. It's a funny thing how you can never have met someone, yet their life can deeply impact the way you live.
From what I can tell, every aspect of this man's life reflected a deep love and devotion to eternity above all things. He had his eyes fixed on what is above, and it is clear everyone around him knew that.
When Sloan's wife, Liesl, posted a photograph recently of Sloan working on a ranch in Wyoming she wrote, "I like to think that heaven will look like Wyoming, so I like to think Sloan is doing this very thing this morning...". I decided I needed to paint "Sloan's Heaven", not only for Liesl, but for their precious children to see in their home and always remember their Father who loved them.
May we always remember Sloan Everett and aspire to live like him – in a way that echoes in eternity and leaves a legacy for the world to emulate. Rest in peace, Sloan Everett. You will always be remembered!
But it shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many. Mark 10: 37-40, 43-45
Daring to stay open to whatever will come to me today, tomorrow, two months from now or a year from now – that is hope. To go fearlessly into things without knowing how they’ll turn out, to keep on going, even when something doesn’t work the first time, to have trust in whatever you’re doing – that is living with hope. –Henri Nouwen
You do not understand now what I am doing, but later you will understand... Jn. 13:7
Read more about Sloan's story here: http://amarillo.com/news/local-news/2017-03-09/he-saddled-anyway-first-texas-panhandle-wildfire-victims-buried