The Record Will Stand
Serving in the ministry has a benefit that goes unnoticed. Ministers must constantly read and collect, mentally, many ideas of the world’s great thinkers. Although he was an agnostic, Omar Khayyam, the prolific Persian polymath and poet, offed what I consider to be one of the most majestic truths ever penned:
“The moving finger writes; and having writ, moves on: nor all your piety nor wit shall lure it back to cancel half a line, nor all your fears wash out a word of it.”
A record of our words and actions is being written. Generations unborn will judge these things. Whenever we utter something, vile or venerable; whenever we legislate, beneficial or hurtful, we are recording an indelible record that cannot, under any circumstance, be altered or re-called. Even if we publically repent or celebrate, the record will stand. Only we can choose our legacy.
Emanuel Cleaver, II