Every Laker fan is singing it this morning. A LOT of democrats will be singing it in January. While I’m definitely not a Kobe fan, and just not THAT fully invested in politics, I sing it just about every time I get to the end of my cup of shaved ice. Make it last forever. Don’t let it end. Nothing … no one … could compare to what we had!
Yes, fan or not, no one would deny that the #BlackMamba was good for basketball. He changed the game; he did something great! Love him or hate him, Mr. Obama was good for this country. He changed the game; he did something great. However, we must come to the realization that nothing (in this world) lasts forever. It will take some adjusting, not seeing number 24 take to the purple and gold court, and we will have to get used to not seeing number 44 in the governmental drivers seat. But, we have to come to grips with the fact that every great thing ends.
Even in our own lives, we have a tendency to hold on to the glorious days of our past. We’ve all done it. We will sit back and “remember when”; clinging to the romanticized moments of reminiscence and unwilling to let go of what was legitimately great. But the end of a great thing doesn’t equal the end of greatness. Both, Mr. Bryant and Mr. Obama, are potentially positioned to conquer other significant mountains, and none of us really know where either men may go. Look at another great Laker, Magic Johnson, whose magnificent career ended in sports, but transitioned even greater in business. Or what about Al Gore, who having a stellar stint in national politics, as a house representative, then a senator, ultimately became the Vice President of the United States. But when he narrowly lost his presidential campaign, he didn’t recede into obscurity. Instead, he made an even great significance as an author, speaker, and environmentalist. You see, the end of a great thing isn’t always the end of greatness.
The Apostle, Paul understood this very idea. Before dedicating his life to the gospel ministry, he was extremely accomplished. Educated by some of that day’s greatest minds, only to become one of the greatest minds of HIS day. As a minister of the gospel, he was a game changer; skillfully articulating the good news of Jesus Christ to the rest of the non-semetic world. As an apostle, called by Jesus Himself, he was given some of the richest divine revelations; being caught up into the most heavenly places. Paul was indeed a great man, by anyone’s standards. But in some of the most eloquent biblical language he affirms, “Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus (Philippians 3:13-14, King James Version)”
In other words, with all he had accomplished, Paul was pushing himself to something even greater. In the same way, if you are reading this, I believe it’s not an accident. I was sent to encourage you, that the great days of yesterday may be over, but your greatest days remain in the balance of your life. Look ahead and push forward! Great moments, great accomplishments, and yes even great careers come to an end, but if you remain focused, greatness can lasts forever.
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“Make It Last Forever” was written & produced by Keith Sweat and Teddy Riley. Performed by Keith Sweat featuring Jacci McGhee. Released 1988.