We sang a song last week in our choir. You’ve probably figured out that I’m inspired by music. Especially spiritually. This song had a different type of message that spoke to me, mostly because of the experiences I’ve had.
The song was actually written by the minister of music at my church, First Baptist of Carrollton. One of the verses in particular speaks to me. It speaks of how we get strength and inspiration from the ones who have gone before us. We literally stand on their shoulders.
That’s such a truth. So great a cloud of witnesses. And I have specific saints in mind when I sing this verse. I remember one of the associate pastors at the church I attended for over 2 decades. Weldon was a true idea man with a deep passion for evangelism and discipleship. And I found inspiration in the life of a woman stricken with a debilitating disease, yet even when she could no longer even speak, Mary never missed church and delighted in the beauty of the music and inspiration of the words. Another man inspired me, speaking encouragement at every opportunity. Even on his final day, Lanny mustered the strength to lift his hands to the Lord when the words of a song inspired.
These people and so many more mentored me. Christ is most assuredly my foundation, but these lovely people provided a strong ground floor. How valuable to recognize the work of those who have gone before and build on it, rather than recreating the wheel. Their obedience allows us to reach farther, to avoid the mistakes they made and build upon what they already accomplished.
Your turn: Who are the people who have made an impact on your life? What do they inspire from you?