Well done, my good and faithful servant” -Mathew 25:23
JoythroughJoy is dedicated in memory of Michael Harrold. A man of faith. Mike inspired many; his love for others was unconditional, authentic, and loyal. His purpose on earth was all encompassing but complete when on his 52nd birthday, God called him home to glory and welcomed him into his open arms and said. “Well done my good and faithful servant, well done.” For those who knew Mike, he was bold in his love for God. He cared about everyone, loved life, loved me, and worked tirelessly to witness and share God with everyone he met. Mikes passing is what started me on my journey to help others work through grief. Though I have faced a lot of pain in my life, this was the most devastating, and it took me a long time to embrace the beautiful memories and find joy again. You will hear much more about our lives, his impact on both mine and others, and what God taught me because of him.
This picture is the last one of Michael and a wonderful gift that God gave to me. I vividly remember this day, this moment and the story behind this picture. Mike and I spent the day volunteering at the Reviver Challenge obstacle course; our job was to help everyone over a 10-foot wall. We had a blast, and like the team that we were, we encouraged, supported, cheered and helped people to overcome their fears and conquer something that they never thought they could. That wall represented the overwhelming obstacles we all face in our lives that we feel we cannot overcome. Little did I realize that two days later, I would endure the most significant obstacle of my life.
On that day, my friend and founder of Reviver Challenge, Cat Reyes, was walking around with a camera. I felt God pulling at my heart to have a picture taken, and Cat felt the same tug and turned around and took this picture. I am forever grateful that God gave me this gift so precious to me when two days later, he went home to be with God.
That 10-foot wall, now known as Mike’s Wall, lovingly designed and hand-painted by one of Michaels best friend, David Englund, is an encouragement and a yearly reminder that with the support of others, we can overcome the biggest obstacles in life. Do not give up; let others help when you are facing that 10-foot wall. We keep the legacy alive as family and friends meet each year to help others through the obstacles in their lives and overcoming Mike’s Wall. You don’t have to listen hard to hear Mike’s booming voice “C’mon, You Can Do It!”
Mike faced several health issues before his passing, and one routine surgical procedure resulted in him requiring a blood transfusion. This gift of life was something Mike and I spoke of often, that someone would care enough to give this gift of life. Since his passing, we have held several Blood Drives in his honor. Such a simple act can save a life. If you would like to donate blood, you can go to your local blood center – if you would like to donate blood in Michaels honor – tell them you are giving using Mike’s sponsor code: 3496.
www.ribc.org or any other Blood Center.