There's an e-mail making the rounds that I like very much. The author wrote, "When I was in high school and early college years, we used to base our Sunday School lessons on Charlie Brown. There are many parallels between the Christ story and Charlie, and I think Mr. Schulz must have been a great practicing Christian to have designed his comic character so well.
The following is the philosophy of Charles Schulz, creator of the 'Peanuts' comic strip. You don't have to actually answer the questions. By the time you get to the end, the message will be clear."
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 pageant.
4. Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer prizes.
5. Name the last half dozen Academy Award winners for best actor and 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 down, awards tarnish, and achievements are forgotten. Accolades and certificates are buried with their owners.
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 have helped you through a difficult time.
3. Name five people who have taught you something worthwhile.
4. Think of a few people who have made you feel appreciated and special.
5. Think of five people you enjoy spending time with.
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. They simply are the ones who care the most.
Thank you, Dianna, for including me on your distribution list for this one.