Danny Gokey Will Not Say Goodbye

Danny Gokey

Anyone who has grieved the loss of a loved one (in other words, everybody) will relate to the raw emotion of this video by Danny Gokey, who finished third on American Idol in 2009.

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I always liked Danny and was saddened to learn that his wife Sophia died of heart disease just a month before he tried out for Idol, her favorite show. She had been excited that he would be auditioning and he decided to go through with it even in the midst of his grief as a way to honor her. He also created a foundation called Sophia’s Heart. Their mission is to help mend and heal the hearts of children and families who have been touched by poverty, sickness, disease, broken homes and broken dreams.

On the foundation’s website, Danny posted this message about his “I Will Not Say Goodbye” video:

On June 28th, 2010 my new single “I Will Not Say Goodbye” was released to country radio. In the music video that was filmed for this song, 3 true life stories were highlighted of people who lost loved ones that were dear to them. Each one who lost their life left behind an impact on the world that surrounded them (family, friends, etc.). To leave an impact with your life that remains after you pass away is such an awesome statement.

With July 4th approaching, I began to focus on the ultimate sacrifice of all, laying down your life to save someone else’s life. The freedom we celebrate with burgers on a grill and fireworks in the sky wasn’t free. It was paid in bloodshed by people who knew what was at stake, the birth of a nation where people could have freedoms and a new way of life.

Names and faces of many who have lost their lives and continue to for our freedom might never be recognized in lights or on a television, but the results of their life’s impact are celebrated daily. They paid the ultimate price for a cause they felt was worth dying for. Many of us will never serve in the armed forces, but can still celebrate the sacrifices of our men and women who laid down their lives for us.

In light of this, I beg to ask you the following question: For what cause will we be known for when we pass away? Maybe we won’t lose our life to save someone else’s, but will people recognize the impact of what we stood for in our lives? Will we have left this world a better place, even if only impacting one person? As you go forward into the July 4th holiday, I encourage you to find, or continue to operate in that cause that you feel passionate about, working toward and continuing to leave your mark on the world that surrounds you!

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