Several years ago, as a member of a local baptist church in Cincinnati, God placed on my heart the idea of starting a men’s step team. The purpose was to use the art of fraternity stepping to promote Christian themes and reach men, especially. I had been a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. since 1979, having served in several capacities including “step master” for Zeta Chapter at The Ohio State University. Ultimately, this vision for a Christian men’s step team was to build upon that experience to bring glory to the Lord.
I set-out to recruit members. Most who responded, including the pastor, came without a fraternity experience. Needless to say, our practices were as much comical at-first as they were instructional and relational. My private preparation yielded our first step intended to counter the secular notion that “Time is on our side”. The step would underscore that we are not promised tomorrow as death could come at any point. The step team practiced over several sessions. However, during the week that we were to debut, I decided to postpone so that I could travel to Selma, AL for the 35th anniversary commemoration of the Bloody Sunday.
While I learned so much in Selma and had an opportunity to escort across the Edmund Pettus Bridge an 80-plus year old woman who was there on Bloody Sunday and who wore her jacket from that day that still displayed Dr. King’s signature, my decision to travel proved to be a tragic irony. One of my fraternity brothers, Bryan Johnson, who was a part of the newly-formed step team was diagnosed with brain cancer soon after my return. Bryan died just a few weeks later. Hence, Bryan and I never shared the moment to translate our Kappa experience, into ministry. The lessons of urgency that I had hoped to bring to others, I somehow lost in my decision to delay the debut step ministry. Time, as it turned out, was not on our side.
The late Steve Jobs, co-founder and former CEO of Apple Inc., delivered a sobering message that reminds us of our chiros (i.e., opportunity) moments to be the change today, as death could soon find anyone of us. Jobs revealed that for the most recent 33 years of his life he began each day by looking in the mirror and asking a simple question: “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?”
Jobs further disclosed that he personal changes came whenever too many consecutive days passed with him answering this question “no”. As remarkable as these revelations were to those who admired Jobs, even more remarkable was his outlook on death: “Remember that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool that I’ve encountered to help me make the big choices in life.”
What Steve Jobs understood, the psalmist also understood in Psalms 90: 12….
So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.
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