Held captive in a crude cave by his nation’s enemies, injured by the very weapons his genius created, his chest strapped into a car battery and death a very close possibility, Tony Stark finally realized what kind of legacy he wanted to leave behind. More than being a billionaire, genius, playboy or philanthropist. More than “The Merchant of Death.” So he became Iron Man. He beat the crap out of scheming Obadiah and his giant suit copy, a Russian Mickey Rourke and his army of drones, blew up the Chitauri army by personally hand delivering a nuke and then a fiery-hot, genetically-modified nemesis from his long-forgotten past. Not bad.
I loved Glee’s first season. The original cast’s rendition “Don’t Stop Believing” while wearing all red shirt and Sue Sylvester glaring down on them will always be one of my go-to songs when I’m down. Finn the quarterback’s standing up to ridicule to join the glee club was especially admirable. He followed his heart and stood by the other members who were depending on him. He was the loveable, goofy, imperfect character who sang well but sucked at dancing. Stopped watching Glee somewhere in the middle of the second season, but in my mind Finn (played by Cory Monteith) will always be that sweet, likeable jock with a soft spot for misfits and outcast in us. Couple of hours ago, I heard the news that Cory was found dead at his hotel room. Some speculation point to drug overdose. Such a shame.
Last week we were asked, what are we doing to ensure that we bring up a God-loving, Christ-filled next generation? The youth is the future – our future. We’re raising future leaders, statesmen, teachers, politicians, businessmen and parents. Our prayer now is to have the courage to stand up for the next generation. As a parent, I realize that part of God’s calling for me is to raise my daughter to know God, to have a personal relationship with Him. Jesus didn’t stop at saving me – he didn’t stop at just saving us. Otherwise, as our pastor said in jest, “E di sana pag-ka-save satin ni Lord kinuha na niya tayo.” It’s not just about going to heaven.
We are still on earth because we still have a purpose. When Tony Stark thanked the dying Yinsen for saving him (he was the guy who made the electromagnet to keep the shrapnel from reaching Tony’s heart), Yinsen said, “Don’t waste your life.”
We were saved for something. Whether you already know what for (me at times) or is still searching and praying for it (still me at other times!), God will reveal it to us in His perfect timing. We just got to have faith and trust and ask Him for the courage. Where we at right now is exactly where God wants us to be and be instruments of His great plan for us. Let’s not waste our time and efforts. Let’s not waste our lives. Because when our time is up, we gotta ask ourselves, what kind of legacy do we want to leave?
“So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom… Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.” ~Psalm 90: 12, 14