Hollywood stars? For many, yes, we can echo Peter Devries, novelist, who described one of his characters, “Down deep he’s shallow.” Well, truth expanded, targeting us all, not all of us are exempt from that claim…or is it an indictment?
What triggers the “Hollywood” reference are two examples.
Last night we watched a Robin Williams bio on PBS and it struck again…how creative and energetic, how zany and how serious, how caring for others…and yet how much he was shrouded in darkness. I ached again. For I found him to be an inspiration…and then, so very unsettling personally, he made a decision to conclude his journey.
With that, though, I read the closing commentary from Mike Downs who retired today as the President and CEO for our denomination’s Pension Board. Mike is not a Hollywood star. He’s a good friend who is such a competent national leader…and so many of us know that a Pension Board functioning well is more than a good thing. In this closing statement of the Pension Board Newsletter Mike shared part of a speech of the actor Denzel Washington, who spoke at our denomination-related Dillard University.
From Mike’s thought and Washington’s words:
“Mr. Washington shared a poignant personal testimony of his faith journey, encouraged the graduates to dream big and to fail big, charged them to work and focus on goals each day, and concluded with the following:
‘…I pray that you put your slippers way under the bed tonight so that when you wake up in the morning you have to get on your knees to reach them. And while you’re down there, say THANK YOU for grace…mercy…understanding…wisdom…love…parents…kindness…humility…peace. Say THANK YOU in advance for what’s already yours…True desire in the heart for anything good is God’s proof to you sent beforehand to indicate to you that it’s yours already.’”
My gratitude to Mike…and only the best of wishes for his retirement to be of value and continued caring. And for each of us to know where our slippers are.