One of the most influential people in my life is The Reverend Laurence A. Gipson, D.D. Dr. G.. to me. I have not seen him in so many years, but can still hear his booming voice when saying Amen, or watch him turn to putty when speaking to his beloved Mary Frances.
He walked the walk and talked the talk. I trusted him completely and many of his sermons still reasonate with me. The following is a piece he wrote years ago in the church newsletter. It still stands true. I hope it gives you a place to rest and recall those who have helped you along the way. To Dr. G, Thank you for believing.
What it Takes to Make a Difference in Another’s Life
Here’s a little quiz that a friend sent to me. Take it and see how you do.
- Name the five wealthiest people in the world.
- Name the last five Heisman trophy winners.
- Name the last five winners of the Miss America contest.
- Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer Prize.
- Name the last half dozen Academy Award winners for Best Actor or Actress.
- Name the last decade’s worth of World Series Winners.
How did you do? Most of us don’t do too well.
Now try this set of questions.
- List a few teachers who aided your journey through school.
- Name three friends who have helped you through a difficult time.
- Name five people who have taught you something worthwhile.
- Think of a few people who have made you fee appreciated and special.
- Think of five people you enjoy spending time with.
- Name a dozen heroes whose stories have inspired you.
Did you do better? This list is easier for everyone The point, of course, is that the people who make a difference in our lives aren’t the ones with the most credentials, the most money, or the most awards. They are just the ones who care. Caring is the most important characteristic for making a difference in another’s life. When I make a difference in another’s life, that makes a positive difference in my own life. – The Rev. Laurence A. Gipson, D.D.
Have a wonderful day. I will be posting later this week!