TITLE: Funeral No One Attended
TEXT: 2 Chronicles 21:19-20
PROPOSITION: We should live a life that will make a difference.
WHY WAS JEHORAM FORGOTTEN?
2 Chronicles 21 – Four factors in Jehoram's forgotten life.
About 60 years ago a man named
Richard Dougdale did a study of two
men and about 1200 of their descendants. The Jukes and the Edwards.
Here is the result of his research.
Jukes – (The name has come to mean "to dodge a blow."
A boxer may
"juke" and evade his opponent. This family "ducked" their responsibility to society.
Of the 1200 Jukes studied the following were found:
310 died in infancy
50 were prostitutes
400 had venereal diseases
130 convicted criminals
The family cost the state $1,200,000 in 1930 dollars
Edwards – Beginning with Jonathan Edwards and his 1200 descendants there were:
285 college graduates from 45 colleges
13 became college presidents
65 became judges
100 became clergymen
126 became lawyers
80 were elected to public office other than judge
3 were governors
They published 135 books
1. Name the five wealthiest people in the world.
2. Name the last five Heisman trophy winners.
3. Name the last five winners of the Miss America contest.
4. Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer Prize.
5. Name the last half dozen Academy Award winners for best actor and actress.
6. Name the last decade's worth of World Series winners.
How did you do?
The point is, none of us remember the headliners of yesterday.
These are no second-rate achievers. They are the best in their fields.
But the applause dies. Awards tarnish. Achievements are forgotten.
Accolades and certificates are buried with their owners.
Here's another quiz. See how you do on this one:
1. List a few teachers who aided your journey through school.
2. Name three friends who have helped you through a difficult time.
3. Name five people who have taught you something worthwhile.
4. Think of a few people who have made you feel appreciated and special.
5. Think of five people you enjoy spending time with.
6. Name half a dozen heroes whose stories have inspired you.
Easier? The lesson?
people who make a difference in your life are not the ones with the most
credentials, the most money, or the most awards. They are the ones that care.