The question that has been on my mind the past few days is What are you known for? The past couple of weeks have been interesting. Full of life's sorrows and joys... I have participated in two funerals...and one more this coming weekend, my wife and I went to have a sonogram of the new baby and heard the miraculous sound of our baby's heart beat...then there is just daily living with ministry, family, and what not.
This past Saturday a member of our church choir went home to be with the Lord. Otis Johnson was an amazing man. I had an immediate respect for he and his wife, Nina, who have been married for more than 52 years. We(my wife and I) were just getting to know him, before he was diagnosed with cancer. Despite how he was feeling, we would always ask about our son Keller. He was truly excited about other people's accomplishments no matter how big or small; and he was so sincere.
After his passing, the family asked me to create a memorial program for the service. While putting the information together and eventually attending the service; you began to put into perspective this life that was lived for family, friends, and above all, the Lord. As I sat there in the service, the out pouring of love for Mr. Johnson was amazing. The amazing thing was that the common denominator from every speaker was how Mr. Johnson lived his faith! His life and his faith were one...not separate.
Which brings me to this question: what are you known for? I think we all have an idea at what we are known for; the funny guy, the singer, the director, etc. Is there a difference between what you are known for and what you want to be known for? For me, I know there are obvious things like being a musician, parent, the funny man (can be open for interpretation). But one thing I want to be known for is being a worshiper! I want to be able to decrease, so that He will increase. I have to remind myself to put on my garment of praise whenever there is a heaviness in my world. By praising the Lord, we are turning our attention to him and away from us. I read in my devotions the other day that "praise reminds us of who we are, and better yet, who God is."