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Monday, March 25, 2013

Failing the Quiz: A lesson in Caring.


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.
4. Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer Prize.
5. Name the last half dozen Academy Award winner for best actor and actress.
6. Name the last decade's worth of World Series winners.

Zero for six? Got two right? I'm sure that most of you failed pretty miserably.
The point is, many of us forget the headliners of yesterday.
Applause dies off over time. Awards tarnish. Achievements are forgotten...
-------------------Accolades and certificates are buried with their owners---------------------

Here's another quiz. See how you do on this one:
1. List a few teachers who aided your journey through life.
2. Name three friends who have 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 five people you enjoy spending time with.
Easier? I thought so.

The Lesson:
The people who make a difference in your life are not always the one's with the most credentials, the most money, or the most awards. They are the one's that care. One of my favorite sayings is, "Initially, people do not care how much you know -until they know how much you care."  Consider the the time Jesus was ministering to the crowds and the little children started flocking to Him. He was quick to notice them, embrace them, and show them value.  If you were to ask those children the 5 questions above, Jesus could have been their answer for all 5. Amazing.  No wonder Napoleon said, "I know men and I tell you that Jesus Christ is no mere man. Between Him and every other person in the world there is no possible term of comparison. Alexander, Caesar, Charlemagne, and I have founded empires. But on what did we rest the creation of our genius? Upon force. Jesus Christ founded His empire upon love; and at this hour millions of men would die for Him."

Make a difference in some one's day & you just might make a difference for an eternity in their heart.

*Adapted from Charles Shultz' philosophy

1 comment:

Ann Mullen said...

Anthony, I have shared this all around, too. I have trouble remembering names, but I know when I was having a hard time, there are always people who help me; and no matter what kind of time I am having, I know who is always with me.