Ever think of the sound of an echo? Think of last Spring or Summer as a storm rumbled through and maybe you heard the echo of the thunder powerfully reverberating through your body. You could feel the power of the sound that was left over after the clash of the clouds and air waves came together. Or maybe you called out into the night and heard your voice echo through an otherwise silent night. I have never been blessed to call out into a canyon and hear the echo, but I have heard it is amazing. I have heard my voice echo in cave though and it is amazing how your voice stops, but the sound carries on.
As I thought about echoes, I thought about the echo of my life and my faith. Will there be any sound after I am gone? I watched the movie Gladiator again not that long ago, and the main character makes a statement that says “What we do in life echoes in eternity.” While just a movie quote, this statement is true for our faith lives. What we do now to share our faith with those around us, to make ourselves useful and available for the Holy Spirit to work through will impact those around us.
As a youth leader and a father, I am keenly aware of how my faith and how I live life impacts the youth God has placed around me. My prayer is to pass on a legacy of faith that echoes even once I am gone, not to bring any glory to me, but to bring all glory to God and so that those who come after me may experience the blessings of faith, the warmth of God’s love, and the peace he places in our hearts for all of eternity.
Two passages seem to speak to me of how we should live to ensure that the echo we leave behind reflects the glory of God. Colossians 1:9-12 states, “For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light.” The second is Philippians 1:27, which states, “Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm in the one Spirit, striving together as one for the faith of the gospel”. May you go in peace today and I pray for you that the echo of your life may reverberate loudly through the lives of many, reflecting the power and love of our Lord.