Have I Done My Best?

I was shocked yesterday afternoon to discover that a great pastor in our organization had gone to be with the Lord immediately after preaching his final sermon. It’s simple, evocative title? “I’ve Already Done Enough.”  

When I happened upon the title of the minister’s last message while perusing a variety of testimonials and comments about this special leader, I was struck by the profound significance that now permeates those four words. Most of those who attended yesterday’s service will, undoubtedly, be forever impacted by the fact that they were privileged to be present when a warm, loving man delivered such a timely, fitting message just moments before his demise.

But, something far more important underscores the effect of the preacher’s message. For, I strongly suspect that those who knew him, those who loved him, those who supported him, and those who sought his counsel, would answer the aforementioned question with a resounding, “Yes.” Though in his late 50’s, the pastor to whom I refer was young at heart and was beloved by his parishioners, his community, and his fellow pastors. He and his dear wife of many years—with whom he raised twelve exceptional children—established numerous ministries, community outreach facilities, programs, ministerial alliances and educational institutions. To put it plainly, the preacher to whom I refer was “about his Father’s business.”

All who were acquainted with the pastor—whether intimately or superficially—were staggered by the news of his death. Though the minister died a relatively young man, I would posit that our collective astonishment had little to do with his age. We stood amazed at the news because of the effect his very existence produced upon our own. We sometimes meet individuals over the course of our lives who leave such an indelible impression upon us—such an ineffaceable imprint upon the very fabric of our souls—that we are incapable of forgetting them. Bishop Richard V. Allmon, Sr. was such a man. He was not only warm and loving—as I’ve previously indicated—but he was also humorous, vibrant and engaged in others’ concerns. Most importantly, he loved the Lord, he loved his wife and family, and he loved God’s people.

When I stand before the exalted throne of the Lord Jesus Christ—and the events, successes and failures of my life as a Christian, a wife, a mother, a writer, a lawyer, and a teacher of the Gospel are laid out before Him—it is my sincere desire that I, too, will be able to answer the title query with an unqualified, unmitigated, “Yes.” Ask yourself sincerely, “Have I done my best? Have I done enough?” It’s not too late… yet. But, our time here is only fleeting.  Won’t you take up your cross and follow Him? Pray for me as I pray for you.

Always with the Love of Jesus Christ and with Kindest Regards to the Family, Friends and Congregation of Bishop Allmon–

Sybil

4/16/12 – 5:18 pm EDT – I have  been alerted to and have corrected errors in the prior version of this post. Should you be privy to other mistakes in this testimonial, please be kind enough to bring the same to my attention. Thank you.

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29 thoughts on “Have I Done My Best?

  1. He blessed me with wise words during our church anniversary here in NJ with Bishop Naylor. He encouraged us to by the book Spiritual Leadership…….all though I did not know him personally, I knew for certain that this mild mannered Man was a powerful vessel for God….my prayers to the great saints, family, and wife of this servant will go up tonight ….love Minister Hendrick

  2. He was a true man of God. He lived the life he preached about; a true example. He was the BEST! I’ll forever be grateful for the things he imparted into my life and the lives of my family. I will miss you Pastor Richard V. Allmon, Sr.

  3. The peace of God rest with the Allmon family and the FGUPC family. Bishop Allmon was truly a remarkable Godly man (there is a difference) and Bishop personified that, through the countless lives he has touched, souls saved and communities transformed. A True leader has been called home, yet his Vision and Legacy lives on.

  4. O! My, I’m still in shock. This is a hard pill to swallow. Bishop, R.V.Allmon Sr, a True man of God who loved God, and God’s people. I remembered, before leaving California to move to Baton Rouge. My family needed a church home to fellowship & worship at. My uncle, Pastor James Edwards (Eunice, LA) who was a close dear friends to Pastor Allmon & his familly. Made sure we made connection with the Allmon familly & U.P.C.F.G. To fellowship. I can say of a certain Bishop Allmon made a great impact on our christian walk with the Lord. His smiles, prayers, words of love and incourgements will be greatly missed. To Sis. Allmon, I love you, God Bless, keep & strengthen You in this time of loss. God Bless the Allmon children to continue on into things as unto the Lord. Take your rest, and wear your crown Pastor, till we meet up with you on the other side.

  5. My condolences to the family Bishop Richard Allmon was a humble man dedicated to the Lord words and family now he is in heaven with our master rest in peace:)

  6. He was a great man of God. A hilarious man, a Godly man. I will miss the talks I had with him at camp(s). My family will miss him dearly too. I remember him making the comment if no one else in the church would go to church but for his family, Bro. Hosea, and Bro Wayne (my daddy) we would still have church. (That would make about 45 people at church see we all had the biggest familys lol he was a funny man 😥 I am going to miss him so much!!!)

    RIP Brother Allmon I cannot wait to see you smiling in heaven. ILY brother just to see you one day out of the summer after we left your church brightened my year. Then I couldn’t wait to see you the next because you meant so much to me.

  7. PASTOR ALLMON WAS A GREAT MAN I KNEW HIM THROUGH MY AUNT DIANE WHO ATTENDED EVERY SERVICE HE HAD UP BRIGHT AND EARLY ON TIME FOR CHURCH MY UNCLE DROVE HIM TO HOMA EVERY SUNDAY PASTOR RICHARD V. ALLMOND WAS THE BEST PERSON A PERSON COULD EVER KNOW I USED TO GO ON EVERY SUMMER KIDS RETREAT WHEN I WAS YOUNGER SO ALL I CAN SAY IS THAT HE WILL BE TRULY MISSED AND EVEN THOUGH HE SAID HIS LAST WORDS ON EARTH HE HAS JUST BEGAN HIS ETERNITY IN HEAVEN

  8. He taught my husband and I the truth as well as our extended family, he was our mentor and pastor for many years. He will be truly missed. Thank you for allowing us to post

  9. I was surprised by this devastating news of Bishop Allmon. He and his family really comforted my family when my mother-in-law passed. she was a faithful member of his church. He will certainly be missed by all. My prayers are for his family.

  10. He was truly a man to be admired and he was loved by all. I was introduced to him several years ago to him by my father as a child and he had the honor to grace the pews of his church for many years. Truly a man of honor, integrity, boldness, and love. He will be greatly missed.

  11. Proof that we should be diligent about the Father’s business. We don’t know when we’ll be called home. Oh, to hear: “Enter thou good and faithful servant into your eternal reward.” Sybil, I want to hear it too.

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