Jerry Lewis, once a famous comedian and actor, died yesterday, Sunday, August 20, 2017, at the age of 91. I can vaguely remember Jerry Lewis as a child. But, what I remember the most about him was turning on the TV and there would be an all-day telethon where he was raising money for MS. It turns out that he raised more than 61 million dollars for the cause during his lifetime. As I think of this and the contribution he made, I wonder how I might be remembered after I pass away?
In 2 Samuel 19:4-15, King David begins to mourn the death of his son, Absalom. But, the people are mad. One of his servants, Joab comes to the king and says, “You have made it clear today that commanders and officers are nothing to you; for I perceive that if Absalom were alive and all of us were dead today, then you would be pleased” (v.6). While I would mourn the death of my child no matter what he or she had done, it is sad to me that a man’s son has been killed and not one person can say anything good about him.
How do you want to be remembered? You only have this one life to live! How can you make a difference in this one life?
Let us pray…Gracious God, you gave us this life to live so that your glory will be revealed. Help us to live this life that will make a difference. In your name we pray, Amen.