No matter what you thought of Michael Jackson while he was alive, no matter how tired you might be getting of seeing his death on the news, may his passing serve as a reminder to all of us. We never know when our time here on earth will be up ... when the gig will be over, mugsy.
I am not sure what that thought means to each of us ... but we all have things that we put off thinking there will be another time, another place. It could be relationships with relatives, your relationship with God ... or it could be the impact you leave on the world ... regardless, it's never too soon to act.
One thing that's been weighing heavily on me as I get older is the question of "What impact will I leave on this world?" What legacy do I want to leave behind ... or do I just want to pass on in a manner which it really would not have made a heckuva lot of difference if I'd never existed.
You ever think about that?
If we can't leave the world a better place ... if we can't say that during our life we made people smile or laugh or contemplate a happier future for themselves, what difference does our life really make? Is it egotistical to want to leave a positive mark ... or is it innate to us as human beings created by God ... or is it purely altruistic? Really, maybe it doesn't make a difference ... if in some way we can leave the earth somewhat better than when we entered it, isn't that a good thing?
Christians will also see that as building the Kingdom ... preparing for the future ... helping others discover eternity with their maker. But even to those who believe this world is all there is, isn't it a good thing to leave it better than when we entered it?
The point is ... it's never too soon to start ... and some day regardless of what we think it WILL be too late. What if we all focused not on ourselves but on the world and on our fellow man. What does our own comfort or convenience or self-centeredness really matter in light of changing the future for hundreds or thousands or even millions?
What will we do today to get started?