Many of you might have heard that Stephen Butters, the Office Manager for the local GOP headquarters, passed away in his sleep last night. He was only 29 years old.
Stephen was a kind and gentle man who wanted to serve others. He hated conflict (even though he was in politics) and he had a huge desire to ensure everyone was comfortable in a group environment. His demeanor was professional and service-oriented and he loved to have fun.
I got a phone call today that Stephen had passed away. I was stunned. He was way too young and his parents are struggling with their loss.
When I hung up the phone from the alert to Stephen's death, I was reminded of my last correspondence with him. He sent me a message telling me he would be sending out a message about our local Tea Party Rally to the Right today and he was excited about it. That message came yesterday afternoon at 5:34 PM.
Twelve hours later, Stephen was gone.
Stephen is in heaven and enjoying the fruits of his short life. He worked hard for what he believed in. He was a good soul. He made you feel good about yourself. He left the room a better place.
In honor of Stephen Butters and his very short life here on earth, please take each day and live it as if you only had 12 hours to live. Can you imagine if we all lived that way?
I have no bad feelings about Stephen and I venture to say - not too many people do.
He did good and his life here on earth should be a testimony to all of us that Life is short and we should make a difference while we're here.
Stephen did and I'm sure as he entered heaven sometime in the early hours of this morning, he heard "Good job, Stephen, welcome to heaven. Your job on earth is done."
Rest in peace, Stephen Butters. You did good!