Tuesday, November 27, 2018
I Appreciate It!
"Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?"
Jesus replied: "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments."
Before we go any farther, I want to lay something on you; it's not heavy and it's not to imply that you don't already do it. It's just a reminder to all of us.
The next chance you get, do something nice for somebody - say 'good day,' hold a door open - and don't wait around for a thank you; you don't need it. And because of you, that person will go out and do something nice for somebody, and then that person will go out and do something nice for someone else, and the whole world can wind up doing nice things for each other and we can be the ones that start it.
It takes all of us working together to get things done - no one does it alone. Only One did and I'm not that strong. Let's start it - here's to love - it's still the best! ~Roy Clark
Only One . . .
Just recently, we learn of the passing of country music legend and entertainer, Roy Clark. I'm of the generation who grew up on Hee-Haw, loving Roy, Buck Owens, and the rest of the entertaining regulars and guests. The clean and corny jokes made me laugh, and the music never failed to be inspiring and uplifting. So hearing of Clark's passing saddens me, but also strengthen my belief that the Lord is faithful to take His intrepid servants home.
My husband, Danny, loves to recount the stories of the times he was on the restaurant/lounge circuit as a solo musician. One of his most memorable is when a roadie for Roy Clark approaches Danny in the lounge where he is headlining, and asking, of all things, if he can borrow Danny's acoustic guitar for Roy's gig down the block. Without giving it a second thought, Danny volunteers his newly purchased Martin, out of what he now chalks up to naivete. The man's business card and demeanor seem trustworthy enough at the time. And a hopeful and upcoming star in the world of music, who would dare say, "No," to a country music legend?
And it turns out to be better than best. By the end of Danny's set, here comes the roadie, guitar in hand and in as pristine a shape as it was trustingly given, accompanied by a brief, handwritten note from Roy. Unfortunately, Danny cannot recall where he's stashed this precious missive, be he remembers what it stated: "I appreciate it!" ~Roy
Mr. Clark was a big-time star. He didn't need to offer any words of thanks, yet he did to this young upstart who just happened to have the guitar his crew either failed to bring to this gig, or didn't realize its importance to Roy's performance that particular evening.
Those three simple words, "I appreciate it!", make Danny's day then, and resonate in his heart all these years later.
Roy may have stated in the quote above that we not wait around for a thank you, but there is always room for us to give one, even for the smallest of thoughtful gestures shown to us. And I believe the need for thanks expressed, and kindness shown, is greater than ever in this world so far removed from the innocent days of Hee-Haw.
For as Roy notes, when we offer kindness and thanks to others, "then that person will go out and do something nice for someone else . . . here's to love - it's still the best!"
And I think that would make Jesus rejoice.
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