Have you seen these men?




Despite their gleaming finishes, you might easily miss these men.  These are the Marconi monument (West side of 16th Street, NW in Mount Pleasant), and the African American Civil War Memorial (U St, NW).  Multitudes of monuments mark our metropolis.  Passing them routinely, we can become immune to their message, but they’re all worth thinking about.

Lately in ministry we hear a lot about being “intentional disciples” to improve the quality of our lives of faith.  Our monuments (even little ones like Mr. Marconi ) can serve the same purpose.  A call to intentional citizenship.  We stand on the shoulders of those who went before us.  Without the soldiers of the Union, we wouldn’t have a country.  Without Marconi we might not have radio technology and I might not be able to blog!

Taking a minute to think about who’s memory I’m passing on the bus can be an inspiration to give my all and leave a better city for future generations of Washingtonians.  How can I leave a good mark today?