You can’t know me for even five minutes and not know that I love sports. So, I was very familiar with Stuart Scott, the SportsCenter anchor, who passed away this past Sunday from cancer. I appreciated Scott as an anchor. I enjoyed his catch phrases, his authenticity, his passion, and his ability to give content during a highlight. He also was a Tar Heel, so he had me at Carolina blue.
With his passing, many have commented. His colleagues, other journalists, and many athletes have all chimed in on what a likable guy Stuart was and how much of a trailblazer he was in his craft. Blogs, tweets, ESPN articles, and TV clips have showed up all over celebrating his life.
Something hit me as I read and watched all this. It is something I see in ministry all the time. As a pastor, I am around death and funerals and tragedy, and in those moments I see something: Why does it take death for us to say how we really feel about people. It seems as though the nicest things are said in death. When Scott first started at ESPN, much of what I heard was complaining about how he should just present the clip and leave the hip-hop vibe to rappers. In life, you hear complaints or just silence.
I was reminded by the death of Stuart Scott of something that I think could change the world. I think each day we should say to the living what we would say to them in their death. I think people long to hear in life the kind things people say about them after death. Say something kind to someone today. Celebrate him or her. Honor him or her. Make the effort.