Sunday, October 20, 2013

Charles Schultz Philosophy

Whoever wishes to be great among you must be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you must be your slave.”  (Matthew 20:26-27)

Many of you will remember the popular cartoonist Charles Schultz, author of the famous “Peanuts” comic strip where we find American legends like Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy, Snoopy, and Woodstock.  Schultz had a creative ability weave his passionate Christian faith into his characters and their endeavors.  The following is an article attributed to him that makes a significant point about the realities of “greatness” as described in the scriptures:

“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 contest.
4.  Name ten people who have won a Nobel Prize.
5.  Name the last half dozen Academy Award winners for Best Actor/Actress
6.  Name the last decade’s worth of World Series winners.

How did you do?  The point is, none of us remembers the headliners of yesterday.  These are no second-rate achievers.  They are the best in their fields.  But the applause dies.  Awards tarnish.  Achievements are forgotten.  Accolades and certificates are buried with their owners.   So, with that in mind, here’s another quiz.  See how you do on this one:

1.  List a few teachers who aided your journey through school.
2.  Name three friends who helped you through a difficult time.
3.  Name five people who taught you something worthwhile.
4.  Think of a few people who have made you feel appreciated.
5.  Think of five people with whom you enjoy spending time.
6.  Name half a dozen heroes whose stories have inspired you.

Easier?  The lesson:  the people who make a difference in our lives are not the ones with the most credentials, the most money, or the most awards.  They are the ones that care.”

As we serve one another and others in love, we are demonstrating that we truly care for them.  And that is true “greatness” in the kingdom of God! Remember, God  loves you and I do, too!

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