“The goal isn’t to live forever, it is to create something that will.”
Sometime in January some friends of mine threw me a surprise baby shower and let me tell you, I was surprised!
I was surprised by a baby shower with less than three weeks to my expected due date, I was surprised by the turnout but most of all I was very pleasantly surprised by the nice things they had to say. It warmed my heart.
Last week, I, like millions around the world, learned of the death of Billy Graham. For anyone who is unaware, Billy Graham was a preacher man who spent most of his life doing what he absolutely believed in… Preaching the good news of the gospel.
I have to say, surprisingly, news of his death has put me in a sober reflective mood which is weird considering I never met the man nor followed him on social media. Now, some non-church folks might argue that such news is exclusively relevant to church-going folks and they might be right.
However, the point here isn’t about the church, a preacher or the sinner but rather about the impact one man’s life can bring and you don’t need to belong to a denomination to understand and appreciate that.
I can still remember when as a little girl, my father would talk about Billy Graham, a preacher full of the Holy Spirit and very passionate about God’s work who traveled around the world preaching the good news. As the years passed by, tales of Billy Graham never inspired me to go the seminary/theological route, I was however fascinated by the unanimous reports about the man and it often times made me wonder;
“What would people say and remember me by after I’m gone?”
In a world where very few things are certain (even the constant availability of KFC’s delicious chicken is not promised), it is quite easy to neglect the certainty of the end and the stories that would be sung thereafter.
We all don’t and won’t get a stage like Billy Graham and truth is we all don’t need a stage. However, with life, we all get a chance.
And I like to think that is a good enough place to start something that could very well outlive us.
“I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith”
(Book of 2 Timothy chapter 4 verse 7)