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Creating a Legacy That Lasts
January 2, 2018
Who keeps their clothes forty years? I looked at the old
threadbare suit. The sign said it belonged to the legendary
blues singer and guitarist, Muddy Waters. As I walked
through the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, I noticed an
amazing collection of memorabilia. Guitars, sheet music,
hats, gloves and gowns were on display from a by-gone era.
I stood there with my jaw agape as I looked at the legal
document that officially dissolved the Beatles partnership.
It outlined everything including how the royalties would
be split and what each of the members could do as
individuals in the future. I wondered where they got it
and who knew that somebody would want it some day?
It was really cool to walk through and see all the things
that had been collected over the years since the museum
was founded in 1986. Once the permanent location was
dedicated and opened in Cleveland in 1995 the exhibits
were put on display to chronicle the history of Rock and
Roll. The story was told with videos, photographs and artifacts.
I would like to know how everything was chosen for the
displays. Did they go searching for specific items? Did they
make suggestions or did they just take whatever they could
get? Johnny Cash’s black suit is iconic. So is Michael Jackson’s
hat and glove from the Thriller music video. They were both
there. So is one of Lady Gaga’s outrageous outfits.
It seems as if they sought out things that could capture the
essence of the entertainers. For Jimmy Hendrix and Metallica
they displayed their signature guitars. Taylor Swift’s custom
1989 world tour microphone was there. Dick Clark was there
on film shown on American Bandstand with everyone who was
anybody over a span of fifty years.
I started thinking as I left the Hall of Fame. Do I own something
that would capture the essence of my life’s work? Is there one
thing that I have that people would look at and say, “That’s Cal!”
Would it be one of the Detroit Tiger bobble heads? Would it
be one of the photos or plaques hanging on my wall? How
about one of my old logo t-shirts?
As we begin the New Year I’d like to encourage you to think
about your legacy. What are you going to be remembered for?
It is never too late to become a rock star. I’m not talking about
the kind who picks up a guitar. I’m talking about the type of
person who lives out their faith and makes an impact in the lives of
That’s what Jesus did. He invested himself in the lives of his
disciples. He calls us to do the same. So what are you waiting
for? It’s time to take the stage and give it all you got.
Happy New Year! See you in Church.
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