After Committment Sunday, the Legacy Campaign, and All Saints Sunday, I have been thinking about how I have become the person that I am now. Contemplating the people in our lives that have formed us has been an important part of our conversation over the last month. Certainly, my parents, my family, and my friends over the years have shaped who I am today. I have also thought about the various teachers who have given me guidance and advice at the beginning of my career. There is no dearth of people in my life who have given me time, love and attention.
In my office is the picture of a tree. The tree was planted by my parents and grandparents when I was born and has since become very large and quite beautiful when the flowers bloom in the spring. I keep that picture close as a reminder of not only who raised me, but also what their hopes and dreams were for me when I was a baby. The tree embodies the growth and the subsequent beauty that they dreamed would be my life. I look at the picture to remind myself that I need to live up to their dreams out of gratitude for everything they have done for me.
So it is incumbent upon us to make sure we give back ourselves. I hope you find things that you will share with future generations. Whether it is time, knowledge, love, resources, it will be different for everyone because we are all different people. But, the mandate remains the same: “To whomever much is given, of him will much be required; and to whom much was entrusted, of him more will be asked.”