Celebration of Businessman, Author Greg Murtha Reminds Individuals to Embrace the Joyous Adventure of Life
NASHVILLE, Tenn., August 28, 2017 – More than 500 individuals celebrated the life of Greg Murtha, former Chief Relationship Officer ofiDonate.com and co-founder of Halftime Institute, at Rocketown in Nashville, Tennessee on August 26, with an additional 9,000 views from around the world via Facebook Live.
“This event is meant to bring glory to God and it’s really not about Greg, but it is to try to continue the legacy he was so passionate about, which was encouraging and inspiring others to say yes and love the person that’s put in front of you,” stated Greg’s wife, Tracey. “We are each given a mission, we might not know what that is, but we are all supposed to love.”
The celebration was held in tandem with the announcement of the postmortem release of Greg’s book, Out of the Blue, which releases September 1, 2017. The book, which was completed just days prior to Greg’s passing, unpacks his lessons learned by embracing the joyous adventure of a life lived to the fullest.
The reoccurring message through the evening was Greg’s ever-present encouragement to say “yes” to whatever adventure God presents in life, and to first and foremost, love people, no matter where they are, like Jesus does.
“What I have learned from watching my brother is this life is truly short, and there is no time like the present to start living it,” stated Greg’s younger brother Zac. “Greg wasn’t perfect, but my point is that we don’t have to be perfect either. Greg loved well, and it is evidenced by the size of the crowd in this room tonight.”
Along with Greg’s family and friends in attendance, sharing their thoughts and remembrances of Greg’s journey were Jossy Chacko, founder and president of Empart, and Todd Wagner, senior pastor of Watermark Church in Dallas, Texas. Musical performances were made by musicians Reggie Hamm, Tim Timmons, David White and the band Tim Akers & the Smoking Section.
“One of the things I loved about Greg was that he was all about people,” stated Jossy. “Greg would pray, ‘God who do you want me to love and encourage me today?”
Pastor Wagnor, who served as Greg’s pastor while he lived in Dallas, stated that Greg’s favorite phrase was, “How can I serve you?”
Real-estate developer and Halftime Institute colleague Lloyd Reeb shared that Greg found his voice during his struggle with cancer and that “He lived an extraordinary second half filled with meaning, joy, and purpose.”
Greg lived passionately until the very end, looking for ways to share the message of Jesus with anyone who was willing to listen. His life is best encapsulated by a quote from writer Hunter S. Thompson, whom he quotes in Out of the Blue: “Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming ‘Wow! What a Ride!’”
About Greg Murtha: Before his diagnosis, Greg was the Chief Relationship Officer of iDonate.com. He also worked with Bob Buford in launching The Halftime Institute, where they encouraged leaders to move from success to the pursuit of significance. In 2016, Greg launched Leading with a Limp, a 501c3 to serve as the home base for his personal ministry. He was married to his wife, Tracey for 23 years and has a son, Jackson, who is 15.