I Love You. I truly love you all. My leaving does not mean that I love you any less. Even though I have been here only a year, I have truly come to love you. I will still love you even though I am gone.
God has a plan. God has a plan for my life and a plan for yours. When I came to Tallassee I thought it would be for longer than one year, but my plans are not important. It is God’s plans that matter. I don’t know why God sent me here for only one year, but that was His plan. God sent me to Tallassee and now He has brought me back to Florida. I don’t know what He has planned for my future or for yours, but I know He has a plan and I can’t wait to see what it is.
Love the next guy. God sent me to care for you all for a certain time. AND, He will send someone else to care for you after I am gone. Love the next person like you have loved me. Please don’t ever feel that to love whoever comes after me in any way betrays me. In fact to not show love to the next person would make it appear that I didn’t teach you how to love. Continue to love me, but love the next person at least as much as you love me.
Remember what I have taught. There were many things that I said and taught during my year in Tallassee. From modesty to respect to salvation through Jesus Christ, you should remember and live by all of these things. I say this not because they are things that I taught, but because these are things that God spoke to us through the Bible.
Don’t be mad at God. There are times in our lives when things don’t go the way we would like for them to go. For me, and for many of you, this is one of those times. During these times it can be easy for us to wonder why God would allow such things to happen and to even get mad at God. It is ok to have questions. It is ok to ask God tough questions. Trust me He can handle it. But, I please don’t be mad at God. I don’t know why this was part of His plan, but I trust that it is. There will come a day when this will make perfect sense. I love you all and I wouldn’t want you to waste any energy or spend time being angry with God.
Live a life worthy of your call. In Ephesians 4:1 Paul urges the people in the church of Ephesus to “live a life worthy of the calling you have received.” A number of you have chosen to live for Christ during this past year. Even as Paul did, I urge you to live a life worthy of this call that you have received. Live your life for Jesus.
I love you. I can’t express how hard it has been for me to leave you all. I really do love you. In Brother Derek, Brother Barry, Brother Josh and Brother Ron you have leaders that you can turn to when you have questions. You also, of course, can talk to your parents and your Sunday School teachers. But, if you ever need to talk to me know that you can call me anytime. I may be far away, but I am still available. I love you all and can’t wait till the day that I get to see you all again.Matt Norman
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