I was supposed to be writing about my long absence, the reason for it and the lovely trip that I took and I will, but just as I touched down back at home I came to learn of the passing away yesterday of one of the greatest influences on my life, My Church Pastor – Dr Tayo Adeyemi. I don’t have the words to say how I’m feeling but it is a huge loss.
There are people in your life that add to it, that change it and that shape it in the greatest of ways and he was one of them. Sometimes their influence is so subtle but when you look back at it they contributed a lot.
He was a great man, caring, funny and one of the best storytellers. I really like his messages and I know a lot of people were touched by it.
So: Rest in Perfect peace Pastor Tayo. You have been a part of my life since I was 7 years old and alongside my parents have been one of the single greatest influence in making me the person I am today. You gave your all and through your words and actions and encouraged others to do the same. You taught us to work for the best, be the best and accept only the best – do things for God and God deserves the best.
Your words spoke life, light and love and will continue to do so for years to come. You have touched millions and I am truly grateful that you answered your calling and ran with it otherwise I wouldn’t have the amazing friends I have, have heard the powerful messages that I heard or follow the valuable advice given over the years to be where I am today.
You loved people and had a heart to see them “be all they can be”. You have encouraged us all to maximise life and get all we could from it and I aim to do just that. We have been immensely touched and some of us don’t even know it. You have been a great blessing. You gave everything of yourself, even encouraging us to have faith when you were weak and thus you remained strong even until the last.
A teacher, preacher and father. A leader, a visionary and ground breaker. I learnt how to write notes, create engaging speeches and make a dream a reality just by the way you taught and made things happen. I learnt to trust God even during hard time just as you did and I learnt to care for people and have compassion despite my position. I even remember writing a play in Sunday school for the kids to perform during a Maximise Life which I gave only to my teacher. We didn’t in the end but you came to me soon after and told me that you had read it, you thought it was great and I should keep writing. I will never forget that, because in my little mind then, I was amazed that Pastor would even take the time out to read my play – you even knew my characters names! You cared and I am still touched even today when I remember that.
A man of vision, influence, excellence and care, God has truly used to you to do something great. I don’t understand it and maybe never will. I still can’t quite believe it but one thing I do know is that I will miss you. I will miss you a lot. All we can do is run with what you started, do it with excellence and keep it going. 20Go.