A dear woman in our community is coming to the end of her life. She has been a very active part of our church leading our music, and an active member of our town. She has been involved, and not just at the edges, in helping the poorest families in our community find homes through such organizations as Habitat for Humanity and other local organizations. She and her husband, who is already in Heaven, adopted numerous children whom others may not have. She continues to sustain and take care of them even in their adult lives. She, like Michael Jackson, has poured her life into her gifts and creativity. Unlike Jackson, her weaknesses are not so apparent. Hers is a life shaped more by holiness than by dysfunction. When she is gone, we will look at her life and know that there has been a prophet among us.
I long to be a person poured out. I want to reach my highest potential in whatever I am doing. I am well aware of the battle I face with my weaknesses and if I am not fostering habits of holiness, I could easily slip into habits of dysfunction. With God's help, it is my deepest desire to overcome these weaknesses and be the best me I can be. I pray that one day, after I am gone, whether people take or toss what I say or do, they will know that a prophet (a follower of Christ) has been among them and that holiness prevails.