Today I am remembering my friend Don Polston. He was a fierce follower of Jesus whose words and influence helped shape my early days as a Christ-follower. One of my favorite memories of Don is how he could lift people up and cause them to stand a little taller. With a edifying word or simple touch, he could raise people’s spirits.
Whenever I am reading about Elijah or Elisha I think about Don. For instance, in the Old Testament book of 2 Kings there is an amazing moment recorded. It starts simple enough, “Elisha died and was buried.” (2 Kings 13:20) But check out what happens next.
I want to live like that. I want to live in a way that even after my bones are all that is left – the influence of my life will linger and bring life to others. So, as my friend David Drury said, “Today I am going to start being the kind of person I want to be someday.” Today is a day for new beginnings.
What about you?
It’s easier than we imagine. We could start with our words. Resolve with God’s help to speak or post only positive, affirming, life-giving words for the next 7 days. Then watch, as the influence of your life increases. Who knows but what your words might give life to someone.
Even though it has been more than 20 years since I have seen Don, I can still hear many of the words he spoke to me. My most favorite are these, “I love you.” Thanks Don, your life is life to me. And I know it is because the risen Jesus lived in you …