Louis Pasteur, the pioneer of immunology, lived at a time when thousands of people dies each year of rabies. Pasteur had worked for years on a vaccine. Just as he was about to begin experimenting on himself, a nine-year-old, Joseph Meister, was bitten by a rabid dog. The boy’s mother begged Pasteur to experiment on her son. Pasteur injected Joseph for ten days - and the boy lived.
Decades later, of all the things Pasteur could have had etched on his headstone, he asked for three words:
Joseph Meister Lived.
Our greatest legacy will be those who live eternally because of our efforts.
Sources: Comeback Churches by Ed Stetzer and Small Congregation, Big Potential by Lyle Schaller.