by Allen West
I was speaking at an event last night in Chicago and after finishing saw on my phone a text message that Robin Williams had died. I grew up on Mork and Mindy and remember the countless times watching Aladdin with my daughters — they loved the Genie character. The comedic genius and acting talents of Robin Williams were simply incredible, and a true blessing from God. However, with all the awards — Oscars, Emmys, Grammys, and a star on the Walk of Fame it all means nothing if God’s peace does not fill one’s life. My favorite book in the Bible is Paul’s letter to the Philippians and Chapter Four is my favorite and there I find the simple verses to share as we mourn the death of Robin Williams. Philippians 4:6-7 (New International Version) “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” The lesson we must learn from the passing of Robin Williams is that all the talents, accolades, and recognition mean little without the peace of God to combat that which torments our lives — same as with actor Phillip Seymor Hoffman. There are challenges and evils which we face that on our own we cannot overcome. But as it says in John 16:33 (NIV), “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble .But take heart! I have overcome the world.” As I sit here in my room at the OHare Airport Hilton preparing to fly to Minnesota, that is what God touched me to understand in the death of Robin Williams — and He wanted me to share with you. After all, we can do all things through Christ Jesus who strengthens us. I pray that Robin came to know our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in those final moments — so that he did indeed find peace. Farewell Sir, thanks for all you did for our troops, we shall miss you.