The Definition of “I’m 3rd”

Billy will always be remembered at Deer Creek Camp.  Matthew 22:37-39 says, “And he said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.  This is the greatest and first commandment.  And a second is like it:  You shall love your neighbor as yourself.'”  This verse is what we base the “I’m 3rd” life on.  We put God first, the other guy second, and ourselves third.  Billy exemplified the “I’m 3rd” lifestyle to the point where he gave his life in order to save another.  Billy was 21 years old when he entered the lives of Mama and Papa Bear.  He was a football player at Texas State University until he decided his days playing football were over but he still wanted to be there for his team so he became a cheerleader.  Billy served his team by cheering them on from the sidelines.  During this time he was also coaching cheerleading at a local high school.  His team went on to win Nationals.  He was able to volunteer his time to help others do what he did well.  Billy eventually ended up moving to camp and working alongside Papa Bear building their relationship as Billy was such a big encourager.  No matter what Billy was always there ready to serve or make someone smile being a true friend living out the “I’m 3rd” life.  After Billy graduated, he decided he wanted to join the Air Force.  He went to Austin with some friends to just have a good time when three men got out of their truck and started beating up one of Billy’s friends.  Billy attempted to prevent the beating when one of the men pulled out a scuba knife and stabbed Billy in the abdomen.  Billy was dead 30 seconds later.  He literally gave his life for his friend.  Billy will always be remembered as a man who was a servant, encourager, and great friend.  Bill’s Bunk Cabin is named after Billy so he will always be a part of camp where he felt called to serve so many years ago.

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