Charles Schulz, the creator of the famous “Peanuts” comic strip, had an interesting perspective on what’s important in life. As you read through these questions, don’t try to answer them (You’ll amaze me if you can answer even one!). Rather, just ponder as you read through, and you’ll get the point.
First, try your best to answer these questions:
- Name the five wealthiest people in the world.
- Name the last five Heisman Trophy winners.
- Name the last few winners of the Miss America pageant.
- Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer Prize.
- Name the last half-dozen Academy Award winners for best actor and actress.
- Name the last decade’s worth of World Series winners.
How did you do?
The point is, none of us remember 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. Certificates of accomplishment are buried with their owners.
Now, here’s another quiz. See how you do on this one:
- 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 feel appreciated and special.
- Think of five people you enjoy spending time with.
- Name half a dozen heroes whose stories have inspired you.
The lesson: The people who make a difference in your life are not the ones with the most credentials, the most money or the most awards. The people who matter are the ones who care. What a great reminder of whom Christ calls you and me to be. Not stars. But Christ-like lovers, people who care about the state of each other’s soul.
Members of our church family frequently say that our church is a caring place. It’s plainly evident in how you greet and care for one another on Sunday morning. The caring for one another shows in how you encourage each other, even new people, to be involved in the life and ministry of the church. Your caring shines through what we continue to do beyond these walls: keeping in touch with someone sick who needs a ride or a meal brought in, or the Personal Pantry we help supply at the Presbyterian Church, or building wells, supporting mission trips, or buying a cow. You pass on your caring. And in doing this you become a person who makes a real difference! You don’t need to be one of the world’s great achievers – you just need to care greatly. That means, be involved! Don’t be obsessed with what others are (or aren’t) doing for you – turn your focus onto others and pour out your life for them, as the apostle Paul wrote in Philippians. It’s part of what following Christ is all about. And it’s more fulfilling than anything you can imagine!