On February 28th, 2023, former President Jimmy Carter announced to the world that he would no longer seek medical intervention for his multiple medical conditions and will receive hospice care. Immediately, accolades poured in, honoring the president.
Many pundits have acknowledged that President Carter was a much better man than he was a president. He maintained an active life of service after leaving the presidency. He and his wife served in their local church and President Carter faithfully taught a Sunday school class. He volunteered his services with Habitat for Humanity, helping to build affordable housing for thousands of families. Even into his nineties, he would be working alongside others, assisting others with building the houses. His Carter Center, partnering with Emory University, committed to work for human rights, alleviate human suffering, and sought to prevent and resolve conflicts in local communities and around the world.
Although I did not agree with many of his political decisions when he was president, I did admire the man’s character and faith in God. In the ensuing years, my admiration only increased as I witnessed him actively living his faith; he was a doer of the Word.
As for me, my life has already been poured out as an offering to God. The time of my death is near. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful. And now the prize awaits me—the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give me on the day of his return. And the prize is not just for me but for all who eagerly look forward to his appearing.
2 Timothy 4:6-8 (NLT)
As President Carter prepares to enter into the presence of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, he is finishing well. He has fought the good fight. Mr. President, I pray for a peaceful transition for you and your family. I look forward to meeting you in the presence of our Almighty God.
Love and trust in the Lord; seek His will in your life.