The quotation goes, "It’s just as important to be reminded as it is to be educated."
The reason this is true is because many of us just plain forget to do those things that are important in our lives, like telling our spouse and children that we love them and being thoughtful to remember birthdays, anniversaries and other special occasions. In short, many times we just take those we love the most and sometimes our best friends, for granted, and we shouldn’t because they deserve the best we can give them.
My sharing friend is Mickey Cox who lives here in our community, and he has taken me fishing a number of times, usually in his truck, his boat and using his tackle. Mickey is one of those people who enjoys fishing on a regular basis, but I just go when I get invited and when I can get away for a day or so.
I have always enjoyed my fishing trips with him because he is a fine Christian man. We have wonderful fellowship and also Mickey always catches fish and is usually kind enough to let me catch one or two. One thing I learned a long time ago is to never catch more fish than the fellow who invites you.
Mickey sent me this article by an unknown author that he had gotten somewhere, titled “Keepers,” and at first I thought it was a fishing story because that’s the term we use when we are trying to decide whether or not we are going to keep a fish or throw it back. I might add, Mickey keeps them much smaller than I do. My motivation is determined by the thought of having to clean them when we quit fishing for the day.
If you have been around for a good number of years, I believe you will really appreciate the values contained in this article:
"I grew up in the ’50s with practical parents — a mother, God love her, who washed aluminum foil after she cooked in it, then reused it. She was the original recycle queen before they had a name for it. I had a father who was happier getting old shoes fixed than buying new ones. Their marriage was good, their dreams focused. Their best friends lived barely a wave away. I can see them now, Dad in trousers, T-shirt and a hat, and Mom in a housedress, lawn mower in one hand, dishtowel in the other.
“It was the time for fixing things — a curtain rod, the kitchen radio, screen door, the oven door, the hem in a dress. Things we keep. It was a way of life, and sometimes it made me crazy. All that re-fixing, reheating, renewing — I wanted just once to be wasteful. Waste meant affluence. Throwing things away meant you knew there’d always be more. But then my mother died, and on that clear summer’s night, in the warmth of the hospital room, I was stuck with the pain of learning that sometimes there isn’t any more. Sometimes, what we care about most gets all used up and goes away — never to return.
“So, while we have it ... it’s best we love it, care for it, fix it when it’s broken and heal it when it’s sick. This is true ... for marriage, old cars, children with bad report cards, dogs with bad hips, aging parents and grandparents. We keep them because they are worth it, because we are worth it. Some things we keep — like a best friend that moved away or a classmate we grew up with. There are just some things that make life important, like people we know who are special. And so, we keep them close."
The final thoughts on this article gave me the reason why my friend Mickey Cox sent this to me. We both grew up in the ’50s.
It said, "I received this from someone who thought I was a ‘keeper’! Then I sent it to the people I think of in the same way. Now, it’s your turn to send this to all those people who are ‘keepers’ in your life — like you!"
I hope you will take a moment and send this on to those people in your life that you also consider being "keepers." With millions of hurting people in our nation, we never know what a kind word, a special thought or even an article like this could mean to them. In reality, everyone is a keeper.
If you will think about it for a moment, I believe you will agree the reason articles like this are important is because they contain family values. Without a doubt, family values are values that we should cherish and hold on to, because they served us well, and I believe helped to make us the greatest nation on earth.
When it’s all said and done and we come to the end of our days, it matters not how much money we made or how successful we became. What will matter most is that special relationship we have had with our friends, and especially with our family.
(Editor’s Note: Jim Davidson is a motivational speaker and syndicated columnist. You may contact him at 2 Bentley Drive, Conway, AR 72034.)