So, I must ask everyone the question…did you wear green today? WHAT?!!! You didn’t! Why not? It’s Saint Patrick’s Day! Didn’t you know that everyone is suppose to wear green on this holiday?
The truth is, though this holiday is celebrated nationally, most of us either forget to wear green or simply don’t feel like going through the trouble to do so…it’s just a minor holiday anyway. (It’s not like it’s Christmas, right?)
Ok, so we didn’t wear green – I suppose that’s forgivable! But I must ask another question: do you know why we celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day? If you don’t know, here’s the answer – a man spent his life as a missionary to Ireland and died on March 17, 461. The holiday we celebrate today had it’s origin in the Catholic Church, and over time has become a secular holiday. We don’t know much about Saint Patrick’s life. Though one simple thing he was known for was using a shamrock to describe the doctrine of the Trinity.
That reminds me of another man who made a great impact on many lives who also passed away on Saint Patrick’s Day. Roger Bennett. We all know his story and battle he had with cancer for over a decade. We’re familiar with the beautiful songs he wrote and sang with Legacy Five, and even though he passed on March 17, 2007, we can all agree that his legacy is still being felt today. He once wrote a chorus that said this, (many of us will remember it . . .)
When the world looks at me do they see Jesus?
When the world looks at me what do they see?
Do they see hope, do they see love, will they see Charity,
When the world looks at me what will they see?
Just as those who forgot to wear green today, I think a lot of us (myself included!) forget the impact that we have on those that we come in contact with everyday.
That’s what Saint Patrick’s Day is about. Living our lives for Christ in such a way that wherever we are, we can be a testimony for Him. This holiday may have began in Catholicism and be esteemed extremely secular today, but we can let it remind us that our lives have a purpose. To bring glory and honor to the Lord Jesus Christ. Both of these men left legacies, but what about us? Are we living in such a way that when our lives on this earth come to an end, we will leave a legacy that reflects the love of Jesus? It’s a simple question, but it requires a lifetime to answer…
Today we remember these two heroes of the faith who spent their lives spreading the Gospel and encouraging fellow Believers. May we also remember that we are called to do the same, we don’t have to be a missionary or travel the U.S. year after year, but we can serve the Lord just where we are.
“And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father through Him.” – Colossians 3:17
Whatever you are going to do today, tomorrow and the rest of the year – do it for the Lord!