There’s a select group of people who know about the Saturday morning series with the newsman Walter Cronkite titled, “You Are There.” I am one. Cronkite posed as the historical broadcaster, making it clear that history was not a list of dates but stories of people. The idea that decisions made by the individuals in the past generations impacted the future generations began to take form in my own life.
Actually, those Saturday morning series were a part of the reason that I began to think at age seven that maybe I could make a difference in this world as a pastor. I said yes to God at age nine; however, I had no idea what my life would be like. I had never met a woman pastor. Even so, no one told me, until years later, women were not allowed to be clergy.
There were then, and there are now, people in my pathway saying, “Yes, you can.” Their presence continues to impact my life and, in turn, impacts my family, friends, and community. The ripple effect of their impact never ends.
They have been in my life, what Christ called all followers to be: salt and light (Matthew 5:13-16).
It gives me reason to pause today, to think about what I will say and do. My prayer is that I will be salt and light, impacting others to do whatever God is calling them to be and do.
Cronkite’s words at the end of each program still inspires me:
“What sort of day was it? A day like all days, filled with those events that alter and illuminate our times… all things are as they were then, and you were there.”
Today is a day like all days . . . do what matters . . . be salt and light.
And, thank you for being there for me and so many others.
A day filled with simple events:
(Written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2014 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)