Memorial Day Weekend is here, packed full of graduations, weddings, and maybe kicking off the ‘lazy days of summer.” These landmark weekends are a time for us to kick back and take the time to really evaluate what we are doing, why we are doing it and perhaps if we are doing all we can for the kingdom.
Pastor Aaron talked about Passing the Torch last Sunday and he did a tremendous job of challenging us to really think about: Who passed the torch to us? and Who are we passing the torch to?
I was reminded of Mrs. John, my Sunday School teacher, who also happened to be our second grade teacher in the small town public school. She faithfully served her outpost in that tiny German Pentecostal Church and made the Word of God come alive Sunday after Sunday, pushing us to memorize scripture and bring our Bibles every Sunday for the highly competitive ‘Sword Drills’. Oh how I longed to make her proud in those things and how I tried to imitate her infectious style when I played school with my friends.
Then there was the pastor’s wife who taught Bible stories on the old flannel boards, making the Word of God visual to a generation who had no idea that iPads, iPods, & Bible Apps were on the horizon!
A few years ago I had the opportunity to thank both of those ladies for their service and how they had impacted my life. To this day, I am surprised at how humbly they accepted my thank you. Completely independently and unbeknownst to the other, neither one of them took any credit or Kudos, they both diverted the praise to the audience of One. The One they were intending to serve in the first place, the One who may not give them any verbal thanks this side of eternity!
Ask yourself these questions this Memorial Day:
Are you willing to sacrifice your will to the Will of the One who might send you?
Are you willing to be an example to the next generation? Titus 2:1-10
Are you willing to build up their faith? Hebrews 11
Believe in their gifts? 1 Timothy 4:11-12
Invest in their future? 1 Timothy 6:17-19
Think of all that was sacrificed for our freedoms, for our faith, for our salvation…
Allow it to motivate us to give freely of our humble giftings. For some gave all of themselves that we might just give some of ourselves! Let’s count it a privilege, an honor to be called upon to simply carry and then quite possibly even pass the torch!