What Is Your Platform?


We think of those who have a platform as celebrities. Sports stars, actors and actresses, the rich and famous.

Recently I read an article by the late Reggie White written when he was playing for the Philadelphia Eagles.
Reggie would regularly visit Philadelphia’s inner city to talk to kids there.
He writes ” I remind them that I grew up in a neighborhood just like theirs. I know what it’s like to feel frustrated to search for peace and a sense of security. I tell them the most important thing I’ve learned is about God and about His love for me. I tell them I love them with a love of the Lord Jesus Christ who loves them so much He gave his life for them. I tell them that nothing in life satisfies like He does. That they may think power or money or important friends may fill the need they have but long-term it never does.
I read a few verses from the Bible and share the plan of salvation with them.
As their heads are bowed on a dirty old hot playground several of the kids pray to receive Christ as their Lord and Savior. The rest of the crowd is dismissed but not before I remind them I will be back next Friday and that they should tell their friends and bring them back with them.
I take the kids aside that prayed to receive Christ and explain to them what has just happened in their lives. And the next week I talk to them about the problems they have and about what being a Christian is all about.
Why do I take time out of my hectic schedule to be with these kids in North Philadelphia? Because God has given me a platform and if I don’t use it I commit sin and miss an opportunity much greater than anything I will ever accomplish on the football field.”

The truth is we all have a platform. Rich, poor, famous, barely known, God has given us all one. It may not be under the bright lights of an athletic event, on the big screen or in the company of the rich and famous.
And as I look around at how we often use these platforms we are given it is clear to me we miss the main point of what Reggie understood
It’s not about advancing our cause or ourself.
It’s about advancing the cause of Christ. A mission we to carry out no matter what our status may be in life.
We may not have the opportunity to reach the masses but we do have the opportunity to reach people on a personal level.
Maybe to pray with some kids on a hot dusty playground. Or to share with them the greatest gift ever. The gift that transcends gender, race and economic status wherever we may be.
Your platform and mine is set up for us wherever we are. In our neighborhood, in our home, on our job.
It might even be located in a hospital, a prison, a jail or maybe the back streets of the neighborhoods of your city.
The places where most don’t want to go but where the need is the greatest.
Wherever it might be He wants to meet you there.
And just like Reggie give you an opportunity to use your platform for his plan and purpose.

What is your platform?

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“Now at last they were beginning chapter One of the great story no one on earth has read: which goes on forever”. I love this line at the end of the Last Battle by C.S. Lewis. Everyone has a story to tell and ultimately we are all part of a greater story that someday will be revealed in full. “ For now, we can only see a dim and blurry picture of things”. ( 1 Corinthians 13:12). My story is not remarkable, although the events I have had the privilege in my life to witness have been. I grew up in the south “the land of cotton” and the old times there were definitely not forgotten. I remember where I was and what I was doing when JFK and Martin Luther King were murdered in Dallas and in Memphis. I remember the Civil Rights movement, a time of great unrest and change. I remember the dawning of the “Age of Aquarius” in the late 1960’s. It was also the dawning of my love for playing music, a love that has stayed with me throughout my life. If my life were chapters in a book one would tell of my precious bride of 20+ years who endured so much and stood beside me through the good and the bad. One would describe the blessings of being a father and a grandfather. One would tell about how despite being “the wretch” the song sings about God was able to change me, and use me to make a difference in others lives, make me a servant in His church, and surround me with friends all because of His goodness. All part of a story that has had many twists and turns. I think of the words Jimmy Buffet wrote in one of my favorite songs "As a dreamer of dreams and a travelin’ man I have chalked up many a mile Read dozens of books about heroes and crooks And I learned much from both of their styles" And so it is true for me. But in all of my travels and all I have read and experienced nothing compares to where I am headed. The place where my story here ends and the story that goes on forever begins! "" I am confident that He who began a good work in you will carry it on until completion until the day He returns". Philippians 1:6 My hope is that as we all run our race that in some small way my words will encourage and speak to you, as your story is being written. And draw you ever closer to the One who loves you. Further up and further in!
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