A Life of Legacy
Have you ever considered the legacy you will leave behind? Is your legacy something that concerns you? What is it that you want people to remember most about you? This summer I had the honor of remembering my dad at his funeral. While it was one of the hardest things I have ever done it was also one of the most rewarding.
I have been blessed to have two amazing parents. They have lived amazing lives of service to their family, community, and country. They have been my greatest teachers on how to live life well. I hope that the way they have inspired me has caused me to live a life that encourages and inspires others.
A few days after my dad passed away I heard the song entitled “Leader of the Band”; a 1981 single by Dan Fogelberg. While my father was not a man of music he was the leader of our “band” and this song makes me think of all the things he taught me and the dedicated life he lived. There are a couple of lines in the song that cause a lump to form in my throat. One in particular “ I thank you for the kindness and the times that you got tough and, Papa I don’t think I’ve said ‘I love you’ near enough.” I would give anything for one more opportunity to say those words to him.
As we come upon the holiday season and the closing of another calendar year, I would like to challenge you to think about the legacy you are leaving for those you love and lead. Take stock of what those closest to you might remember. Then take time to thank and express your love to those who have inspired, encouraged, and lived a life of legacy for you.
Diversity in the Body
Each sport requires a different set of skills. Basketball requires dribbling and shooting. Volleyball requires bumping, setting, and spiking, which is about all I know about volleyball. Track requires the ability to run and throw some sort of object. Archery requires a steady aim and precision. All of these sports require most or all of the players to have the same basic skills.
Football is the ultimate team sport. Each position requires a unique set of skills. Quarterbacks throw the ball, linemen protect the player with the ball, running backs rush and catch the ball, receivers catch the ball and might block if the coaches yell at them enough. On the defensive side of the ball, defensive lineman tackle the running backs and quarterback, linebackers take these same players and defend them against the pass, defensive backs defend against the pass and tackle the ball carrier if the coach yells at them enough. Then there are the special teams players. Punters punt the ball, and kickers kick field goals, extra points and kick off.
If you are a good coach, you play to your players’ strengths. You would not have a lineman run a pass-route, you would not ask a defensive back to go up against an offensive lineman to get to the quarterback. 1 Corinthians 12:14-31 talks about the body and the diversity that is exhibited; hands and eyes and ears and feet all have a different function, but they work together to get some great things accomplished
Faith Christian School is a great example of that type of diversity. Talk to a preschool teacher and you will hear that they wouldn’t want to teach high school students. High school teachers typically wouldn’t want to teach 2nd grade. Elementary teachers probably would not want to be a middle school teacher. Not many teachers would want to be an administrator. There are also many parents that bring their gifts and talents to make Faith a better school. All these positions are important, and each person is in the position that God has called her or him to.
We all have gifts that God has given us. I am thankful for all the gifts that are represented at Faith Christian School in the teaching ranks and with all of our parents. I want to thank you for using your gifts and talents here. We are all better because of you.
Reflecting on the mission and passion of Dr. King and then looking at what our world looks like today is disturbing. It is so disheartening to see and hear the division of our people---Americans, humans. How is this going to impact our future, our children and grandchildren?
In the midst of uncertainty, whether it's political limbo or a virus threatening us all, Jesus is with us. He is in control, he is our protection and provider. We have to do our part and trust him, he is the all-knowing.
Give thanks for our blessings. Psalm 100:4 says "Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise; be thankful unto him, and bless his name".
Show grace to others, even more so during this time. Ephesians 4:7, "But to each one of us grace was given in according to the measure of Christ's gift."
Let's continue to trust God, be grateful and be kind. We need each other...together, we are more than conquerors.
Stand Firm Against Distractions
We all have things that we are responsible for. Some of our commitments are to provide for our families, teaching and caring for our students, being supportive and dependable to our peers, friends and family. As Christians, we are also called to be committed to God and to His work. The enemy loves to step in the way of God’s work, he loves to distract God’s people. The enemy loves to cause chaos and confusion to get us off track. So, we have to stop, refocus and get back on track.
How do you get back on track? Recognize what is happening. Stop and ask yourself if the situation and circumstances are from God. If your answer is no, take the situation to him in prayer. Sometimes those pesky distractions just won’t let up. Stand firm, you are not alone.
Nehemiah 4:14-15 is a great example of determination to complete the work that God had set for him to do. Nehemiah faced opposition in rebuilding the city walls in Jerusalem. Their enemies taunted, mocked and threatened them. Through prayer, God’s wisdom, holy protection and faith, Nehemiah and his crew were able to fulfill God’s work.
Our mission may not be as big as rebuilding city walls but our missions can be bridges to another sector of God’s vision. Stay determined, seek the Lord and keep on building.