“There are doors that have opened for me all, because Dr. Jones believed in me. His belief in me was my connection to Inspire [UA Inspirational Chorale]. I wasn’t qualified, didn’t have the pedigree, barely could read music, yet he trusted me. Dr. Jones was always so gracious towards me and when I’d come into rehearsal he’d make it a point to have the choir sing “Grateful” just so I could play. When I attended concerts and they’d end with Total Praise he’d call me from the crowd to play. I honor the memory and legacy of Dr. Eddie Jones, he may be gone, but definitely NOT forgotten; many of us are still benefiting from the blessing of knowing him and having him in our lives!” -S.I.
Last week, we reflected on three years since my dad’s passing. Many students shared how he had touched their lives in various ways. One of the common threads that struck me was his love for people and his servant’s heart. He took every opportunity to give to others and to help them in any way he could. He opened doors for people and gave them opportunities to grow, develop and blossom. He wasn’t intimidated by their potential or skill and encouraged them to do and be their best. He led by example—always operating in excellence and pointing people to Christ at the same time. He was never quick to take the credit but truly humbled that God would use him and always gave the Lord the praise. He gave of himself freely and expected nothing in return.
I wonder how many of us can look back over our lives and see the impact we’ve had on others. How many of us shared a smile with someone who was discouraged even when we needed a smile ourselves? How many of us graciously gave someone else an opportunity to shine even if they didn’t seem ready for it? How many of us look for opportunities to give back, be a blessing and serve? 1 Corinthians 13 reminds us that love is the greatest attribute — even above faith and hope. Love covers a multitude of sins. Love can heal our world.
Next time you’re confronted with an opportunity to show love, serve or help someone, go out of your way to make a difference. Watch your world begin to change. What will your legacy be?
~Coletta Jones Patterson
Coletta is an author, life coach, business executive and weekly blogger. Connect with Coletta at firstname.lastname@example.org.