Everyone enjoyed being around Leon Shearhart. He was a big man with a big personality. As an owner, sales rep and DJ for KVOO Radio Leon spent much of his time talking with people on the air and off. When he wasn’t telling a joke he was laying down wisdom using his best John Wayne impersonation. It’s one thing about Leon no one will forget. When you were with him you were certain to learn something and laugh while you learned it. It’s been several years since Leon passed away, but I still hear his voice on radio ads that play on stations throughout Tulsa. I had the privilege of serving with Leon at the church we both attended. I miss him.
Leon loved to talk about sales and marketing. He would tell a story about some sale he made, laugh and then say, “He that tooteth not his own horn oft find his horn not tooteth!”
It was corny and he knew it. No matter how many times he said it I always chuckled and so did anyone who was listening. I was reminded of Leon as I read 1 Thessalonians 1 this morning. 1 Thessalonians 1:8 says, “And now the word of the Lord is ringing out from you to people everywhere, even beyond Macedonia and Achaia, for wherever we go we find people telling us about your faith in God. We don’t need to tell them about it…”
What do people say about your faith? Does your commitment to follow the word of God have the ring of truth? When people think of you what stories do they tell? What’s your reputation? What are you known for?
When Leon made his corny statement, “He that tooteth not his own horn oft find his horn not tooteth,” he wasn’t suggesting you should be some kind of a self-obsessed braggart. Those kind of people are annoying, “I’ve talked enough about myself. Tell me, what do you think about me!?” Leon didn’t intend that to mean you should constantly talk about yourself. He would always follow that funny statement with an explanation.
You get to choose what you’re know for.
Have you considered what story you want people to tell about you? Andy Stanley once said, “Never make a choice in the moment that will make you a liar for life.” That’s about your story. Never make a choice in the moment that will make you have to or want to lie about the stories you tell others about yourself or the stories others will tell about you.
For the people of the church of Thessalonica word got around. They were a people of faith who willingly followed God even though following him cost them something.
Today you will write your story. Make it a story of faith. Make it a story about the remarkable work of God in your life. Make it a story worth reading and repeating.
Thank you for friends like Leon. I pray for his wife, Virginia. She is such a sweet and godly woman. I am blessed because of them. Today, may she and her family know your favor and loving-kindness. May you make your presence in her life crystal clear. For me, my family and my friends, I pray that we would make choices today that honor you. I pray that we would build a godly reputation and that when people think of us they couldn’t help but think of your love for your people. When people think of us I pray they couldn’t help but be reminded of the grace of God you’ve given through your son, Jesus Christ. When they think of us may they be convinced of your love, mercy and forgiveness and may they be convicted of the need to place their faith in you. May they think of us like I think of Leon. May they think of us and smile, for the joy we gave, the wisdom we shared and the God we honored.
I love you, in Jesus name –