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"Kilroy Was Here!" - by Rev. Weldon Bares

Have you ever heard of James Kilroy? He was a legend of the second world war. The slogan, “Kilroy was here!” has appeared all over the world in almost every place that you could imagine, along with a simple sketch of a man peering over a wall.

The legend of Kilroy started early in the war. According to one theory, James Kilroy was an inspector at a large shipyard. After he checked equipment, he would mark the words on it, “Kilroy was here,” to show testers that the work had been approved.

Before too long, the words of Kilroy became a slogan at the shipyard. In time, the slogan spread all over the world.

Now we don’t leave a mark in the same way that James Kilroy did. But I think that most of us leave some kind of a mark behind us. The mark could be a word of encouragement that we spoke to someone. The mark could be a gift to a good cause. The mark could be a smile for someone who is having a bad day. It could be showing a touch of kindness to someone who is struggling.

The Scouting program meant so much to me when I was a kid. I remember our scoutmaster, Mr. Prejean, telling us to always leave a campsite in better shape than when we found it. What a great lesson to learn.

Leaving a positive mark behind us is really important. The scripture points to Jesus with these words, “He went about doing good.” (Acts 10:38) The Apostle Paul said, “Let us not grow weary of doing good.” (Galatians 6:9)

May the story of Kilroy from World War II inspire us to leave something good behind us for others.


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