Published on February 19th, 2012 | by djprophetic0
Why my death is more important than my life……
Why my death is more important than my life…..
The recent passing of Whitney Houston has people thinking about her life and her death. Now that she is gone, the world is examining her significance and the impact she left on those remaining. Whitney contributed to the world through her music and influenced generations of people. While her death is sad and unfortunate, her legacy is inspiring and impactful to all those she left behind.
Death is never an easy topic to talk about- it can be depressing, disappointing, and a hard reality to face. The miracle of life is that it’s exciting, constantly changing, and communal. So it’s easy to talk about the joy of living rather than the uncertainty of death. Some of the greatest people that ever lived were conscious about their deaths and what they would be leaving for others. Let’s look at the famous and final public speech of Dr. Martin Luther King:
“Well, I don’t know what will happen now. We’ve got some difficult days ahead. But it really doesn’t matter with me now. Because I’ve been to the mountaintop. And I don’t mind. Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But I’m not concerned about that now. I just want to do God’s will. And He’s allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I’ve looked over. And I’ve seen the promised land. I may not get there with you.”
He was more concerned with what would happen after him then what would happen to him. We should all develop this mindset! I got you thinking huh?
Let’s think about another example:
Imagine me dead and you are at my funeral and the Pastor says David has gone to be with the Lord. DO NOT feel sorry for me- celebrate my life because my life will be impactful. First you have to understand my background and my purpose….I grew up in a great household with 2 great parents that unfortunately got a divorce when I was 12. This tore me apart and I looked for an outlet and something steady to cling to- so I gripped on to my love for music.
I started producing music, listening to rap, watching more MTV, BET, Vh1 and listening to the radio. I imitated everything the rappers said: I talked like them, walked like them, dressed like them, learned how to get girls like them (well- kind of), got into trouble like them. This lifestyle landed me into a lot of danger from Jr. High all the way into my sophomore year of college. You name it- I got into it drugs, girls, parties, bad grades, alcohol, pornography, and other things that begin to dominate my life. I was out of control and I came to a crossroad where I was going to have to choose between changing my lifestyle or continue living this destructive, meaningless life.
It was after my friend Elon steered me towards God that I dropped all the terrible things that I was doing. The way God came into my life is beyond comprehension. The first time I ever heard God audibly, He told me, “I’m going to use you to inspire young men.” I couldn’t understand this at the time but I can say God has truly done that with my life and continues to do that. That’s why I have this deep burden that is beyond me to encourage the youth through media and to point them to Christ… And yes, I said Christ! Nothing else will work psychology, counseling, reading books, getting an education, and so on…These things cannot fix the deep spiritual problems that we all have. I cannot die until I affect the lives of the youth and give them a positive alternative to the negative depictions of media that I consumed and they are consuming today. May this legacy live beyond me to raise up youth who will not be limited by the world’s system which wants to confine us to sex, drugs, and violence.
My life is not my own and I will pour out my life into others because life is really about giving up your life for others (like Dr.King) so that they may live. In turn, God gives us life when we give others our lives. After I’m dead and gone, I believe millions of youth will be affected for the better and they will continue to inspire others to become who God destined them to be because of the God given purpose that I pursued. What will live on after your funeral?
RIP Whitney Houston & Dr. Martin Luther King