Wednesday, February 29, 2012

"A Quiz to Ponder"

The following questions were attached to a newsletter I received recently. I found this exercise to be quite insightful and moving, so decided to share it with you all. You don’t have to actually answer each question, but take time to ponder each one. You will get the point at the end.

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 the last half dozen Academy Award winners for best actor and actress.
5 Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer Prize.
6 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. Yet these are no second rate achievers. They are the best in their fields.

But the applause dies. Awards tarnish. Achievements are forgotten. Accolades and certificates are buried with their owners.

Here is another quiz for you! 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 ones who love!


Our highest calling as children of the Most High God is to make a positive difference in the lives of the people we come into contact with each day. We are to be a living demonstration of the love of Jesus upon the earth. So as Jesus commanded concerning the actions of the Good Samaritan, "Go and do likewise." (Luke 10:37) 

"For this is the message we have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another." (1 John 3:11)

"Little children let us not love merely in theory or in speech but in deed and in truth (in practice and in sincerity)." (1 John 3:18 AMP)

“Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails;” (1 Cor. 13:4-8a)