Ralph Lawrence has been a good friend for years. He was my district superintendent when I was appointed to serve Burley United Methodist Church in 1985. He is now retired, but is still actively serving our church in many ways. He is currently our pastor at Caldwell United Methodist Church. With Ralph’s permission, here is a quiz that makes a point. It’s taken from his October newsletter.
1) Name the five wealthiest people in the world.
2) Name the last five Heisman trophy winners.
3) Name the last five winners of the Miss America pageant.
4) Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer prize.
5) Name the last half dozen Academy Award movies or actors.
6) Name the World Series (or Super Bowl, if you prefer) winners for the last decade.
How did you do?
The point is that none of us remembers the headliners of yesterday very long. The applause dies out. The world moves on. But what about these?
1) Name two or three teachers who helped you make your way through school.
2) Name three friends who have meant a great deal to you in your life, especially if they helped you through a difficult time.
3) Name five people who have taught you something worthwhile.
4) Think of a few people who have made you feel appreciated and special.
5) Think of three people you enjoy spending time with.
The lesson: The important people in our lives are not the ones who make the headlines. They are the ones who have cared the most.
Which means, you and I can be among the most important people in another person’s life. You won’t get a Heisman trophy for that, but who remembers who won the Heisman trophy ten years ago anyway?
In Christ, John
PS: It was Troy Smith
PS It was Troy Smith