January 23

On numerous occasions there have been TV shows, movies, skits, etc. where someone is able to be present at their own funeral. In most cases, the character isn't a ghost, they’re still alive, and what is being said about them isn’t overly flattering. The scene usually ends with the un-dead character either interrupting the sharing with an emotional outburst or, following a period of self-reflection, vowing to live a different and better life. In those moments, the individual hears what they are remembered for, they hear what their legacy is.

On Monday, we as a country remembered the life and work of Martin Luther King, Jr. Many of his most famous quotes were shared, speeches were given, and acts of service were done. It was a day to reflect on the work that King gave his life to, and assess how that work continues to live on, and what still needs to be done. Sadly, King’s life was cut short, but in those 39 years his work became a legacy that we still admire and aspire to today.

What is your legacy?

History is filled with famous and infamous people. Those who stepped out in faith to do what is right and make a change for the better, and those who are remembered for their harmful acts and the destruction that they inflicted on others and the world around them. Those whom we admire seldom acted for personal gain or wealth, but they acted because something wasn’t right in the world and they felt compelled to be the one who worked to make a change. Were they perfect? Absolutely not, but their acts of courage and their willingness to risk their very lives not only inspired others but they changed history and that’s what we remember them for.

I hope none of us ever have to experience our own funerals, but I hope when we remember heroes like MLK, it causes us to pause and examine our own lives. To ask ourselves what we are living for and what sort of legacy we are leaving behind. Are we perfect? Absolutely not, but we all have the potential to do great things. Are we doing them?

Grace and Peace,

Pastor Chris

Last Published: January 23, 2019 11:01 AM