By Nancy Amato
When asked recently to write a few sincere and honest paragraphs about Rick in my own words, I thought it would be appropiate to actually look up and read their meanings to be sure if this is how I actually viewed him.
Prayerful -1) influenced by prayer strongly, or in which prayer plays an important part.
2) praying frequently, liking to pray.
3) earnest and sincere.
Circumspective - showing unwillingness to act without first weighing the risks or consequences.
Emotional - being by nature easily affected by or quick to express emotion.
Soulful - deeply or sincerely emotional.
Intense - 1) extreme in a way it can be felt.
2) passionately focused or concentrated.
3) feeling or showing strong & deeply felt emotions in a serious way.
Unwavering - firm in your view or purpose and unable to be swayed or diverted from it.
Tenacious - determined to stick firmly to a decision, plan or opinion without changing or doubting it.
Passionate - enthusiastic, having a keen enthusiasm.
Most importantly along with prayer, I have never met or doubt I ever will meet someone with Rick's faith.
Faith - belief or trust, devotion to or trust in somebody or something, especially without logical proof.
I've learned something about Rick from doing this task. I learned that I don't know him totally. I was right on with all my insights, except for one word I have always labeled him with, (INDECISIVE). When I looked up the meaning of the word, I said, out loud, "this isn't Rick at all." I continued and read the definition further and came across the word circumspect. I turned to its definition and discovered Rick's name written right next to it. Somehow a new feeling of respect filled my heart for him. Where I always thought he had a weakness in decision making I now realize he was circumspective. He wasn't indecisive at all. He was weighing the risks or consequences of his decisions. That's a pretty important trait to have in God's work. You're not dealing with yourself only, you're dealing with millions of souls.