The unexpected news of the death of Sir Terry Wogan this weekend, along with the seemingly high number of other celebrities during the last month or so, led me to think about influence and legacy. Of course, the majority of us wouldn’t have actually known these celebrities, yet they have all spoken into our lives either through their music, their humour, or their passion. They had massive influence and will never fully know the legacy they have left behind them.
So, how about you and me? Though we may not be in the limelight, or the public eye, and we may not think we are achieving anything hugely significant, we may never see the long term impact of our work, we actually have the opportunity to have a huge influence and we will never know what legacy we might leave, in this community, the city more widely, or any other spheres of our lives for that matter.
This week we are thinking about the ‘Power of Words’ in Collective Worship in the theatre, especially focussing on positive language towards ourselves and others. I find myself frequently reminded that young people are contending with the opposite of this on a daily basis, either through their own self-deprecation, or that of others. Perhaps one of collective legacies of Archbishop Sentamu Academy could be that we are people who consistently counteract those negative words with lavish use of positive and encouraging words, driven by a deep rooted conviction that every young person in our care is valued and precious.
In the words of St Paul…..
1 Corinthians 12.4-8
4 Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous, it does not brag, and it is not proud. 5 Love is not rude, is not selfish, and does not get upset with others. Love does not count up wrongs that have been done. 6 Love takes no pleasure in evil but rejoices over the truth. 7 Love patiently accepts all things. It always trusts, always hopes, and always endures.
8 Love never ends.