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July 13, 2009

This is it. It's over now. The Phenomena that was Michael Joseph Jackson is now at rest.

Since his untimely death on June 25, 2009, Michael Jackson's life has been debated, re-debated, and then debated again. People who never knew him dissed him for going from "Black" to "White." Though he was acquitted of the charges, to some--like representative Peter King of New York--he will always be a pervert and a child molester. Some accused him of being addicted to fame, which is probably true. To others he was little more than an eccentric, freakish, drug addict.

There's probably a little truth in all that was said about Michael Jackson, the good and the not so good, but one thing is for sure: Few people around the world who watched the saga of Michael Jackson's death and burial took a moment to consider their own lives and what people will say about them after they are gone. Most of us will never moon walk in from of millions of people. We'll never watch our albums top the charts, or create music videos that are re-enacted by prisoners in Chinese Prisons. But, all of us will leave a legacy. After we're outta here, people are going to say something about us. It probably will not be as much as was said about Michael Jackson, but somebody is going to say something about who we were, what we were like, and what impact we made. One Christian writer says that most of us will get about one sentence--our life sentence.

One of the best life sentences I've ever heard was written hundreds of years ago about a guy who lived thousands of years ago. Long after the death of Enoch--you remember the guy in the Bible who hopped a ride to heaven without ever seeing death (Genesis 5:18-24)--people still remembered the holy life that he lived. Hebrews 11:5 says of Him: "By faith Enoch was taken from this life, so that he did not experience death; he could not be found, because God had taken him away. For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God." Now that's a life sentence!

What will your life sentence be? What do you want people to say about you after you're gone?

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