I find encouragement and inspiration almost everywhere. I think it’s a misconception that as a Christian, I need to only find those things in the Bible. I believe God is always revealing Himself to us, sometimes it is the Bible, sometimes it’s a song or a quote. As long as the statement jives with the Bible, I could consider it a word. Not THE word of God, but a pointer or a nudge by God to wisdom or understanding. And yes, the quote above is from Star Trek.
The above quote is no different, it first hit me when my Grandfather passed away in the fall of 2010. Pop was a good man. Loved by all, kind, and giving. Greeting everyone with a smile. He was a wealth of knowledge about anything and everything. When we would visit him and Grammie we would drive into the country, for what seemed like days, and Pop would tell us about every field, hill, sign, post, and house along the way. We didn’t appreciate it at the time, but we went along because the ride would end with ice cream.
Pop did ordinary things exceptionally. He served in WWII, helped raise and provide for 6 children, and had more grandchildren and great-grandchildren that I can count. He had has struggles, his pitfalls, but at the end of the day he loved deeply and was loved. My grandfather was never prideful but was proud of the opportunities he had and the life he was given. He left a legacy that I am proud to be a part of, a wonderful beautiful ordinary legacy. It sounds like a slam, but believe me it’s not.
Pop understood something that’s been recently brought to my attention. The value of a life is always determined by how much of it was given away. Pop was a melting pot of good and bad experiences. He passed those experiences down to his sons and daughters, grandkids, and great-grandkids to show them what to do and not do. He shared those things with us so that generations of his descendants would be better than he was. There are hundreds, if not thousands of people who have made better choices than they would have, if it weren’t for Pop.
So my word is this… Are you sharing your life story with others so that they will be better prepared then you were? This is laying down your life daily… You won’t see any benefit from it. In fact you will be more vulnerable, tired, and drained if you do. But your stories, experiences, and perspective will make this crazy merry-go-round thing we call life better for others.
What greater calling is there to lay down your life for another?