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Apr 17

Edwina Walker's Secrets for Living to 100!

Recently, our treasured FBC Family member Edwina Walker reached the lofty milestone of living 100 years!

I visited with Edwina and posed the obvious question: “What is your secret for living so long?” She pondered for a moment and replied, “Jay, I just live everyday by faith as I walk with the Lord.”

I continued to search for Edwina’s secret to long-living by asking questions linked to taking vitamin supplements, exercise, stress management and quantity of rest. Edwina did not offer any stunning revelations about becoming a centurion, but here are a few more extrapolations.

1.    Edwina is a person of deep faith and consistent faithfulness. She grew up near Huntingdon College and committed her life to Christ when she was 15. She joined First Baptist in 1928 and was baptized by Dr. Charles Stakely. Over the years, her faith yielded the fruit of faithfulness because she understood that you grow up when you show up. She always came to church when the doors were open. Later she married and brought her family to FBC. Edwina illustrates the great truth that not everyone can be fancy, but anyone can be faithful.

2.    Live love. Edwina grew up in the Davis family and she shared that her parents were people who loved the Lord and loved each other. Love is contagious. Edwina caught a virulent case of loving the Lord and passing His love on to others. Living love links to longevity.

3.    Serve. For over 50 years, Edwina served in the preschool department. Her kind touch conveyed to countless children the Lord’s compassionate care. We look most like Jesus when we choose to take off our baby’s bib of selfishness and take up His towel of serving. So longevity links to teaching preschoolers for 5 decades.

I met Edwina in 1981. 32 years ago, she was a person of faith, faithfulness, love and serving and remains the same to this day. Edwina provides for us a model worthy of emulation. She can say along with Paul, “Follow me as I follow Christ!”

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