I’m not sure if it’s my stage in life or some recent changes that have been happening in our extended family, but I’ve been thinking recently about legacy. Those thoughts have been amplified this week as Todd and I have attended the Q2022 National Quiz event where we have visited with long-time friends and made new ones.
The event is held every two years and the first time I attended was the summer of 1990 as a 16-year-old quizzer. The first time I officiated for the event was in 1996 (I think!). I’ve missed a few over the decades, but generally it’s kind of a ritual for me. Now, I not only quizmaster but Todd works behind the scenes on the Quiz Advisory Council to make everything happen. This means I see the great amount of work and coordination and the many, many people that it takes to put together this event.
A number of the people who lead in the past have gone on to be with Jesus, but many are still here, year after year, loving others by giving their time and talents. In some areas there is a passing of the torch happening. Members of the “Old Guard” are training younger people to take on the jobs. It’s a cool thing to watch.
It’s also cool to see an older generation follow around a bunch of teenagers to coach and support them. It’s a beautiful reminder that we really can all learn from those around us; at the very least to be considerate of those different from us and to be grateful to those willing to lead and teach us.
I met a “sweet little old lady” today coaching teens. She is still spunky and spry and commands their attention. I was sure to tell her that I appreciated her and that she reminded me of my late coach who I loved.
In August 2011, we unexpectedly lost a member of our quiz family who was only in his 40s. Rodney was a true servant. He loved people well and never wanted any attention for it. That year the quiz books were Hebrews and 1 & 2 Peter. I chose verses that I wanted to live by to honor Rodney. I pray that I do so one day I will leave a Christ-like legacy.
Hebrews 6:11-12: We want each of you to show this same diligence to the very end, so that what you hope for may be fully realized. We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.
You are loved!