I have been thinking a lot lately. Nothing terribly serious. I have just been reflecting on my life and what has brought me to where I am today...right now. Much of my life has been wasted in front of the TV. Well, maybe not a total waste. TV taught me something.
Every great TV show has one thing in common: a great supporting cast. How funny would Fred Sanford have been without Grady, Bubba, and of course, Aunt Esther?
Richie Cunningham would have been so dull without Ralph, Potsie, and The Fonz!
Would Frasier have given us as many laughs without Niles, Daphne, and Bulldog?
Jerry Seinfeld is hilarious, but imagine him without George, Elaine, and Kramer.
My life has been good. But it was my "supporting cast" of friends that have always made it great. I would like to pay tribute to my supporting cast today. Your indulgence, please.
James: Our friendship turned 30 this year. I don't even bother to imagine what my life would have been like without you in it. I don't believe its possible to imagine. You are family. Here's to the next 30 years!
Rickwell: I owe a great deal of what I am to your influence, even in the present day. You have been a part of every major event in my life, except for band, which you opted out of. :) I have always admired your ability to stay the course, no matter what. I really AM sorry for the whole "Larry" episode.
Chuck: Many people thought we were brothers. Why argue? I have never met a more kindred spirit.
Alan: Oh, the laughs! If my life needed a soundtrack, I would ask you to write it. No one else could. High School was a blast, and it was mostly because of you. RARY!
George: Beneath the surface, I discovered a very compassionate friend.
Catoe: Where the heck are you, man?
Lori: My third sister. You have always done so much to keep the old gang together.
Crump: You helped lay the foundation for my Christian walk, and you helped me make my way through High School. Everytime I drive through the airport I think of us, airborne, in the Batmobile!
Croan: Nah, forget it! The Crass Section Rules!
Pastor Don: No matter how far I travelled from home, when I came back, I could count on you being there.
Dan Rabon: It's amazing how God puts people in your life just when you need them.
Barry: Heard that!
My family: We put the FUN in dysfunctional, don't we?
The Kirks: I have always considered you family. Always will.
My children: Every day just gets better and better.
Tracy, my wife: Behind every great man is an even greater woman. You're the best!
My, what a big supporting cast, and it is constantly growing. Of all the people named above, and others not mentioned or inadvertantly left out, I am most thankful for Jesus. Without Him, none of this would even matter. I am so blessed.