2013-08-15 / Church

Just a Thought.......

Rev. DaveFischer

Recently I had the ignominious task of cleaning up someone else’s trash. It was hot, smelly, dirty work. Humbling, but horrible.

I realized that they were very consistent. While alive they had always expected someone else to clean up their mess. And now, even in death, the pattern continued.

Then, a thought came to me. Are you leaving a legacy of trash to your children and grandchildren?

Think about it. We live in an area where it is easy to take all of the junk we no longer want or use and drop it on some far corner of the land. “Out of sight, out of mind.”

But consider. Would you now, while you are alive, take your children, or your grandchildren to that dump sight and tell them to clean it up?

Would you delight in the sight of them sweating in the sun, or making payments for someone else to do it? If not, why do you think they will want to do that after you are gone?

I know. We make excuses. “They are going to get my money. Let them pay to clean it up.”

Suddenly, your “gift” is not a gift at all, but a directive, with strings attached. Is that really what you want your legacy to be?

It seems to me that the kind and appropriate thing to do is to clean up our own trash and let our children and grandchildren enjoy their lives and our memories.

It’s just a thought, but it’s worth considering.

Rev. David Fischer is the Pastor at First Christian Church in Lexington

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