ODYSSEYING WITH PAUL – A LEGACY OF ENCOURAGEMENT
July 9, 2017
Tony Campolo tells of the African-American Baptist Church he attends in Philadelphia that celebrates Graduate Recognition Sunday once a year. On this particular Sunday, a few students led the congregation through some liturgy and singing.
Then the pastor stood up to preach. In lofty oratory he proclaimed, “Young men and young women, you may not think you’re going to die, but one of these days they’re gonna take you down to the cemetery, drop you in a hole, throw some dirt in your face, and go back to the church and eat potato salad!”
Now that’s hard core! What a sermon opener! What an unforgettable underscoring of the reality of mortality!
It hits us between the eyes with the question, “What legacy am I leaving?” When the folks are back at the church eating potato salad, what will they be saying about me?
Will I be remembered as a Discourager or as an Encourager?