During my Quiet Time, I was reading from Isaiah 40. The majority of the chapter talks about how Great our God is in comparison to humanity. “All humanity is grass, and all its goodness is like the flower of the field. The grass withers, the flowers fade, when the breath of the Lord blows on them, indeed the people are grass.” (HCSB Is. 40:6-7).
While in Dallas last week, I went back to my alma mater Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. It has been 20 years since I was on the campus. As I reminisced, I began to look at the pictures of the distinguished professors first in the Price Religious Education Building and then later the divinity professors in Scarborough Hall. These were pioneers in the field of Christian Education. I had the privilege to have some as my professors. I began to contemplate about how short life really is.
Churches don’t hang pictures of staff members and only the Executive Directors pictures are displayed here at the Tennessee Baptist Convention. Therefore, when I retire, my picture will not be hanging on a prestigious wall. My legacy will only be found in the lives of the people that I impact for the Gospel and the churches that I served. As a Sunday School leader or Church Staff member, your picture might not be hung in the church, but you can make a difference in the lives of those you teach.
Life truly is short, but we can make a difference when we live our lives for our Great God.
Isaiah 40 ends with “Those that trust in the Lord will renew their strength; they will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary; they will walk and not faint.” (HCSB Is. 40:31)