A Beautiful Influence

One of the places that I have the privilege of writing is Outreach Magazine. Here’s my column. And here is my most recent article.

Recently I watched the movie A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, the recent biopic on the life of Fred Rogers. I went with a dear friend who had never seen an episode of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood when she was growing up.

Throughout the film, she would reach across the snack box and tap my arm, “Did he really do that? Did he really say those things?” she would ask.

I smiled and nodded as I popped another french fry into my mouth. I grinned from ear to ear as I recalled childhood memories. I was struck with emotion while singing the songs and mimicking the friendly puppet characters in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe. At times, I was moved to tears.

I did not know it when I was a child, but Fred Rogers was a Protestant minister who used the medium of television to share the gospel’s message of love for one’s neighbor. Following the model of Jesus, he paid special attention to “the least of these,” specifically children. His pulpit oozed love, truth and kindness, and that is why his influence continues to resonate more than a decade after his death.

What will your legacy be?

Continue reading at Outreach Magazine.

Published by Natasha Sistrunk Robinson

Servant of Jesus. Truth-teller. Leader. Mentor. Author of Books.

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