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Standing on Broad Shoulders

posted: April 30th, 2009 by Dave Trout

On a Monday morning last year, one of my co-workers shared with delight that he had just purchased some high-end family tree software & had been "playing" with it all weekend. The joyful gleam in his eye was puzzling. I'm a family-man and all, so I know plotting one's family heritage is a worthwhile exercise, but so is trigonometry - and it's NOT how I choose to spend my weekend.

More recently, I saw a TV show that asked you to name two of your great-grandparents. [Everyone has 8 biological great-grandparents.] Most people can't do it. Yet, nearly all of us have a better life & more opportunity than the 2 or 3 generations that preceded us. But still we forget. And down the road... most of the things we are doing today... even our very names will likely be forgotten 3 generations from now.

That might seem like sour news. However I think there are a few insights for us to consider:

  • Life is fleeting. James 4:14 says, "Your life is like the morning fog." So if you haven't already done so, start living life to the fullest.
  • You stand on broad shoulders. We need to remember & respect our heritage for the opportunities we have today - hopefully with the same kind of enthusiasm my co-worker has.
  • We also should invest in the generations that follow. Dr. Billy Graham once said, "The legacy we leave is not just in our possessions, but in the quality of our lives. What preparations should we be making now? The greatest waste in all of our earth, which cannot be recycled or reclaimed, is our waste of the time that God has given us each day."

Keaggy and Lang

This applies to musicians. This generation of Christian performers & songwriters would be wise to recall the broad shoulders they stand upon. The ministry opportunities are bright, but much in part to sacrifices & investments made decades ago.

I saw a snapshot of this on stage last week at a GMA event. Two of the world's greatest guitar players - 28-yr-old Jonny Lang & 58-yr-old Phil Keaggy - tag-teamed on an impromptu guitar solo. Neither upstaged the other, and it was a beautiful picture of respect & shared talent between 2 generations. I caught this performance on video. And, of course, my radar rewind this week is a song from Mr. Keaggy.

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