A good friend of ours, Bill Thrasher, died last Friday in Columbia, Tennessee. Bill was 75, and had served his entire adult life as a preacher, teacher, principal, and school superintendent. His most recent position was superintendent of Columbia Christian Academy. Although we'd had casual acquaintance since college days, we and the Thrashers became much closer when he became high school principal at Bentonville, Arkansas, where we were living at the time. When we lived at Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, a suburb of Tulsa, Bill was the preacher at the 29th and Yale congregation; so our paths crossed often. One thing I noticed when reading his obituary was the unusual number of honors and awards Bill had received. In fact, he and Barbara are scheduled to receive the Distinguished Alumni Award at the Harding University homecoming later this month. Where am I going with all this honor and awards stuff? Such recognition is nice in this life, but the reward that will mean the most is the one we receive at the end of the way. "Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life."