Thanks for the Memories!
Pastor Steve N. Wagers
May 24, 2009
1. A Life of Fleeting Moments!
A) Something He Faced
B) Nothing He Feared
2. A Life of Faithful Ministry!
A) Upward Focus
B) Outward Focus
3. A Life of Future Meaning!
A) The Life He Lived
B) The Legacy He Left
One Sunday morning, the pastor noticed little Alex standing in the foyer of the church staring up at a large plaque. It was covered with names with small American flags mounted on each side of it. The 7-year old had been staring at the plaque for some time, so the pastor walked up, stood beside the little boy and said quietly, "Good morning, Alex." "Good morning, Pastor. What is this?"
The pastor said, "Well, son, that's a memorial to all the young men and women who died in the service." Soberly, they just stood together, staring at the large plaque. Finally, little Alex's voice barely audible and trembling with fear, asked, "Which service did they die in? The 8:00 or the 10:30?"
In the movie "Gladiator", Caesar was about to turn his kingdom over to a man named Maximus. In that powerful moment the emperor looked into the eyes of Maximus and said, "I am dying Maximus. When a man sees his end he wants to know there was a purpose to his life." Then, he asked a most penetrating question, "How will the world speak of my name in years to come?"
As we reflect today upon the lives of brave men and women who paid the ultimate price for our freedom, let us also not forget many of God's great soldiers who have blazed a trail before us.
Paul is one of those great soldiers. We can honestly say, in regards to the apostle Paul, 'Thanks for the memories.'
1. A Life of FLEETING MOMENTS
Dr. Benjamin Elijah Mays, president of Morehouse College, wrote a classic poem entitled "Life Is Just a Minute." It is excellent, and reads:
"Life is just a minute
Only sixty seconds in it.
Forced upon you, can't refuse it,
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