November 17, 2015 – Is Everybody Pleased?

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“I don’t know what the key to success is, but the key to failure is trying to please everyone.” –Unknown

     In October of 1976, a stunt man by the name of Kenny Powers strapped himself into a rocket powered Lincoln and jetted up an eighty-five foot ramp at a speed of nearly three hundred miles per hour in an attempt to jump the Saint Lawrence River. After years of planning and millions of dollars spent, this yellow, Batmobile-of-a-Lincoln left the ramp and disintegrated in the air. A couple of parachutes deployed but not gracefully enough to do much good. The car fell fast into the river and Kenny suffered serious injuries. The main thing he said as they carried him to the ambulance was, “Is everybody pleased?”

We laugh at a man that would go through this sort of expense to “please” a crowd but this same ambition can sneak into any of our hearts. Our children grow up under our noses while we slave away for prosperity, our marriages dull as we give ourselves to the crowd, our finances suffer as we invest in vain self image. When the great Physician comes to carry us away from the wreckage our subconscious is muttering, “is everybody pleased?”

Living for public acceptance and approval is an impossible stunt. We can wake up today to our Jesus and the life He has given us and we can leave that old, ugly Lincoln sitting on the ramp to rot. Kenny Powers failed and it still entertained that crowd of people because none of those people really cared about Kenny. Let’s live for the One who cares.

Submitted by Zach Whitsel

Daily Reading: Acts 11-13

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