One life, One Word: What’s Yours?
Back In The Day
Let’s jump in the DeLorean (the car from Back to the Future) and swing back over a hundred years to the year 1910. It’s Christmas Eve. The Salvation Army was in their prime with the late, great General William Booth still leading them. Unfortunately, the General had some mileage on him and soon to be called home to the father. The Army had an annual convention and it was attended by thousands of Salvation Army Soldiers from all across the world. However, he could not make it due to his health.
The suggestion was made that he send a telegram. Back then, a telegram was charged by the word. Funds were stretched and everything that could go to the needy, went to them. So, General William Booth had to be short and precise to deliver his message to the men and women who had dedicated their lives to the service of those in need. Booth flashed back into the caverns of his memories for something he could say to them, knowing this could possibly be the very last opportunity he would ever get to share his vision with his soldiers. The many years of dedication, service and sacrifice had to be summed up into a telegram.
He decided and sent the telegram. When the thousands of delegates met, the moderator made an unfortunate announcement. “Ladies and Gentlemen, General William Booth will not be joining us.” To these men and woman Booth was their hero. He had paved the way and made all the things they were doing possible. “He did, however, send a telegram to be read.” He opened the paper and upon the paper was a single word:
What Will You Say?
What would our one word be? When we get to the end of our lives and we think back on all those years, what one word would we say is the headline of our story? Money? Glory? Growth? Power?
Or will we have led a life where we look back and say “I did it all for others.”
I have been given the opportunity to do a lot for the cause of Christ. I have put myself in harms way many a time for the sake of someone I had never met and will probably never meet again. I seek wisdom from “The gray hairs” whenever I get the chance. We read. We study. We research and expand in knowledge every day… After it all I’ve realized there’s only 3 rules we should live our lives by:
Love God, Love yourself and Love others.