Les Paul Will Strum On

The great Les Paul has passed away at 94 years old. He leaves behind a list of accomplishments and a name that will seemingly never fade away until the Lord’s return. He left quite a legacy. Even up to the end where he won two Grammys for an album he released after his 90th birthday according to this Fox News article. I suppose he didn’t waste his retirement if he even had one.

Mr. Paul certainly used the talents and gifts that God gave him. He used them to the very end. Now other people will continue to use and build upon his inventions. Even Christians as we do already. Christian and non-Christian alike will continue appreciating what Mr. Paul did for music.

I have no idea what Mr. Paul’s relationship to Christ is, but we Christians can still appreciate his contributions. We might even be able to learn something from his life. Unlike so many famous musicians today Mr. Paul’s legacy will be a much more positive picture.

Les Paul’s life and legacy make me think about my own as a Christian. Even Christians in general. I wonder just what will be my life and legacy. Even though my pride gets in the way at times, I know my life and legacy are wrapped up in Christ’s. Jesus had something to live for, die for and reason to live again. This is where the Christians’ life and legacy lie. We know this, but do our lives show it?

Even in the last years of his life, Les Paul continued with his music. He died unashamed of who he was and for what he lived. Will I die serving Jesus Christ Whom I love? Will you? If my true identity is in Christ it should be just that and not my secret identity. The Jesus of the Bible is not a plastic Jesus, He is real. If I am not content in Jesus with all of my life then Jesus will seem plastic. The Apostle Paul’s reminder is a good one.

Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me. Philippians 4:11-13 (ESV)

Even when I fall short of being fully content I know Jesus is there for those sins too. Even though Les Paul’s provided some good examples, I don’t need a guitar or Grammy for fulfillment as nice as they may be. My reward is the cross and I didn’t even do anything for it! What more could anyone ask for?

For what it’s worth…


P.S. Interestingly enough check out the comments at Malkin’s blog. You can see the legacy beginning as so many people are already connecting with Les Paul through guitars.

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1 Mark Lamprecht August 15, 2009 at 12:43 am

One friend of mine likes this post and is going to show this to her son. I hope to hear what he thinks.

2 Don August 17, 2009 at 11:33 am

As one who plays a Les Paul studio, I must say, he made a fine machine.

3 Mark Lamprecht August 17, 2009 at 11:51 am

Don, I hear ya! The nicest guitar I ever had was a Fender Strat (yes, a real one!). I was trying to teach myself to play at the time. Now I have nothing. I sure would love to start learning to play again.


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