Red Davis was a man who loved Jesus. He was a hero of the faith. He would share the life-changing message of Jesus Christ to all who would listen. He studied God's Word for its life giving wisdom and direction. I wrote this article for Saturday's newspaper and I felt that it would be beneficial to post as a blog entry. Red impacted my life and scores of others. I desire my legacy to be the same as Red's. He was a real man who loved Jesus. Earth's loss is Heaven's gain. I'll see you again some day.
January 31, 2015
Those four words are poignant. Not really any wiggle room with such a brazen phrase. Real Men Love Jesus. I have a bumper sticker with those four words on it stuck to my guitar case. But what do those words mean? What do those words look like?
On Tuesday, January 13, Daryl “Red” Davis, a man I have known since early childhood, entered eternity at the age of 82. He and his wife, Joan, lived down in Emlenton and, as a child, Joan was my piano teacher. We went to church with them and Red made a huge impact on the lives that he came into contact with including my own.
His one son shared a few words during the service holding up one of his father’s Bible’s. It was covered in duct tape and read front cover to back multiple times with innumerable notes and underlines throughout. Red was a Real Man who Loved Jesus. He dug into the Word for wisdom, strength, and understanding.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 says, “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” Red Davis was one of only a few men that I know who this was their life passion.
Yes, he taught at AC Valley for over 30 years and was their JV basketball coach for almost two decades, but everyone knew that those things weren’t Red’s highest priority. He loved his wife and children, but they weren’t his highest priority either. His top priority was to lead people to Jesus. Red would use the platforms that he was given to share the love of Jesus daily. He is one of less than a handful of men who I remember sharing about praying with someone to ask Christ into their hearts. He was a Real Man who Loved Jesus.
Men like Red need to be our hero’s. It has nothing to do with fame, possessions, or talents. Our hero’s need to be men like Red Davis. Red studied, memorized, applied, and lived the words of Scripture. He was a man who was thoroughly equipped to share his faith to anyone at anytime.
I asked Joan if I could share about Red in this week’s article because he impacted so many within Clarion and Venango counties as well as other places across the US and around the world. During the service my heart was saddened by the loss, but overjoyed with the knowledge that Red is with Jesus, the author and finisher of his faith.
Real Men Love Jesus with all of their heart, soul, mind, and strength. Red should not be the exception of a Christian man, but he should be the norm. He was a spiritual example. He was a spiritual hero.
Red isn’t experiencing anymore pain and I can only imagine the crown that was placed upon his head by Jesus when He looked into Red’s eyes and said, “Well done my good and faithful servant.”