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WHAT KIND OF LEGACY WILL WE LEAVE BEHIND?

By Barry Cameron
March 15, 2019

They say you can’t go home again, but three weeks ago Janis and I did.

… and it was AMAZING!

We went back to Kansas City to the church we were privileged to serve from December 1977 through August 1980. I was the Youth Minister at Johnson County Christian Church where Ronnie Epps was Pastor. He’s still on staff and his son, Reggie, leads the church. It’s amazing and very rewarding to see how God has blessed this ministry. They have four campuses now, reaching between 2,000 - 2,500 every weekend.

It was fun reliving all the incredible times, sharing stories, seeing so many of the people we loved, lived and served with 41 years ago and remembering all we learned when we were there. So much of who I am today and why I do what I do, I learned during those years in Kansas City. I’m forever grateful to Ronnie and Darlene for loving and leading us like parents, and to the entire church family for supporting and encouraging us in our early years as we began to spread our wings and fly.

We weren’t prepared for what we experienced going back home. The places we saw, memories revisited and the love we felt, as if we’d never left, is impossible to put into words.

But the most overwhelming part of the entire weekend was getting to see so many of the same people who were faithfully involved loving, serving and supporting that church 41 years ago, still faithfully and enthusiastically loving, serving and supporting God’s church all these years later.

Some of our youth coaches back in the 70’s are key leaders in the church today. For example, Scott Firebaugh serves as chairman of the elders. Kids who were in our youth group now have kids of their own. Some even have grandkids loving Jesus and serving His church just like their parents and grandparents before them.

Faithfulness always has an impact and leaves an imprint.

In 1988, Steve Green wrote a song called, Find Us Faithful. The words set the standard for every one of us:

We're pilgrims on the journey

Of the narrow road

And those who've gone before us line the way

Cheering on the faithful, encouraging the weary

Their lives a stirring testament to God's sustaining grace

Surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses

Let us run the race not only for the prize

But as those who've gone before us

Let us leave to those behind us

The heritage of faithfulness passed on through godly lives

CHORUS:

Oh may all who come behind us find us faithful

May the fire of our devotion light their way

May the footprints that we leave

Lead them to believe

And the lives we live inspire them to obey

Oh may all who come behind us find us faithful

In a world where so many attending church are only “in it for a minute,” or at least it seems that way; faithful as long as its fun, showing up as long as there’s something in it for them and it won’t cost anything, the people we saw in Kansas City stood in stark contrast - like a breath of fresh air. Or more accurately, a fresh wind of the Spirit of God. Faithfulness is the order of the day there, not the exception to the rule.

Think of the impact of this church we served so many years ago, having people who are still fired up for and faithful to Christ all these years later. Imagine the influence upon their families, their friends and their community. They are enjoying their best days ever since starting on March 3, 50 years ago.

Faithfulness always has an impact and leaves an imprint. We don’t always get to see it here on earth. Janis and I got to see it a few days ago in Kansas City and it was amazing.

We should recommit ourselves to be sure people find us faithful and that the lives we live inspire them to be faithful, too.

By the way, the name of the church in Kansas City today?

LEGACY.

© 2019. Barry L. Cameron

[Our church will celebrate our 50th anniversary in November 2020.]

BARRY CAMERON

Senior Pastor

Barry L. Cameron has been the Senior Pastor of Crossroads since 1992 when the church was averaging 188 in morning worship. Pastor Cameron and his wife, Janis, have three children and two grandsons. He’s the author of the bestseller: The ABCs of Financial Freedom, Contagious Generosity, and The Financial Freedom Workbook. The Cameron family has been completely debt free since November 2001.

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