Honoring Leaders: Clint Albao

Honoring Leaders: Clint Albao

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I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. And the life that I now live in my body, I live by faith, indeed, by the faithfulness of God’s Son, who loved me and gave himself for me. ~ Saint Paul written to the church of Galatia

I met Clint in the summer of 2007. My wife had moved in with the Albao family and I had just turned 19 and was attending a Bible College. Clint had asked me tons of questions, made me feel welcome and made sure my intentions of dating Emily were good enough, while also feeding me tons of food. He told me that he loved Emily and wanted to make sure I was “right” for her. Needless to say, I passed the test and eventually married her. Looking back on the life of Clint, now he is resting in Jesus, there are many things I remember. I spent many years with Clint, he knew me inside and out, the good, the bad, and the ugly, and Clint always managed to see the good over the bad in my life. Clint was a man you could tell anything to, he would listen and then give you some mind blowing advice, which is why he got the nickname “Yoda.” Yes, Yoda from star wars. Clint’s life was beautiful. He focused on the things that truly mattered: forgiveness, grace, and the power of the gospel of Jesus Christ. He exemplified a life lived in light of Jesus’ death and resurrection. His life was not wasted and is still pouring over into the lives that he impacted. I remember asking Clint one night which Bible verse he really loved, and he had many, but the one he quoted to me a lot was Galatians 2:20. Clint displayed a life where he truly was crucified with Christ and Christ was truly dwelling inside of him.

Clint taught me (us) what it means to live in community (for better or worse), what it means to be a good and faithful husband, what it means to be a good father, what it means to be a good neighbor, what it means to truly love people for who they are and not what they should be, because he saw everyone in light of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I witnessed this in my own life and the lives of those around me. My wife and I were talking the other night and asking how many 60/70 year olds would start a Bible study with teenagers and 20 years olds? This often included dealing with everyone’s madness, drama, etc. Clint would stress grace, forgiveness, even amongst heated discussions and drama. He really believed in the grace of God, he rested in it, he taught it, he lived in it, and he pointed us to the reality of Christ at work in us.

Through Clint, I (us) learned how to love, to forgive, to move forward, and to see the glorious Gospel of Jesus Christ. Clint gave me the privilege of teaching at his study; he helped me in so many ways (I could not put everything down on paper, I will try to embody what he taught me). We all will miss your food, your voice, your wisdom, your embracing personality, your humor, and your vast knowledge of God’s word, your patience, your huge bon fires, your cookouts, your funny laugh, your love of life and infectious joy. The writer of Hebrews tells us to honor and remember those who have gone before us. Clint, there will not and has not been a day that has gone by without thinking about you and still learning lessons and wisdom you gave me (us) all these years that come to my mind. Thank you for rebuking, correcting, loving, and helping me (us) along this journey called "life."

My encouragement would be to remember to honor the people in your life because life is precious, short and fast. God has placed people in our lives to teach us and help us. Do not forget that love bears and believes all things and forgives all things. Clint you finished the race, all those long conversations about death and mortality, the age to come, eternal life/heaven, resurrection, you made it. Until next time, brooooo, we will meet again at the resurrection. Love you forever.

- Casey Dayton

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