To Earl Musick!
Earl is from my hometown, Bucyrus, Ohio, USA.
He is a cartoonist, comedian, and speaker. He has worked as a photographer for the FBI, Disney, the United States Postal Service, and many more. He has traveled all over the USA and parts of Canada drawing cartoons, speaking, and doing comedy. But that’s not all, in addition to being a class-act, he is also a kind human being.
I have followed him on facebook for quite some time and the following story he told earlier in the week caught my eye and touched my heart:
To quote Earl, “Something really cool happened today. In 2018 I had traveled all over the country drawing cartoons, speaking, and doing comedy. I traveled 48 out of 52 weeks of the year. I was on 59 airplanes in less than 3 months. On a flight from New York City I was seated by a priest from Bombay. When he sat down he said “Are you Catholic?” I said “No, but I love Jesus.” We talked for over 2 hours about Jesus. He told me of his many adventures working in the mission fields, working with refugees, and of terrorists pulling him out of his vehicle, pointing a gun to his head and threatening to kill him. I know it’s like preaching to the choir but I told him that God gave him this life and story to share. I highly suggested that he write a book. Well, it’s been two years since I spoke with this man. I received a copy of his published book today.
(A word of encouragement can change the world.)
I am honored that he mentioned me in the book and in the introduction.
This is a short portion of the introduction:
(He was having a very bad day and having great difficulty getting to the airport)
“However the entire scenario changes on the flight. Beside me sat a man whom I presumed to be a Christian pastor or a preacher of some sect. that impression was presumably because he was the first to break ice, and strike a happy conversation, mentioning in the course of the dialogue that he went around conducting some programs. Secondly, he seemed interested in knowing about my mission experiences and gently expressed that some of the many experiences that I had shared were out of the ordinary and worth putting in writing. At the end of the trip his kindness touched me when he volunteered to buy dinner and drop me at my destination. To me it was unimaginable that you could encounter a foreigner – though one with a clerical collar- and go to such extents of hospitality. The pastor from the parish of residence however, had agreed to pick me up. I thanked him for his kind offer and accepted his card before parting not sure if the distance between us would ever let us be in touch again.2020 will mark my sixtieth year as also the silver jubilee of my ordination. So reflecting back I reminisced, why not jot down, as a token of thanksgiving, all that He had done for me? So thanks to Earl Musick – who I realized after checking his card – was a man entertaining his world with humor! Earl wherever you are, thank you for planting this seed in my heart. Yes, it had lain buried for quite a while for I had convinced myself, that apart from me it would not make an inch of difference to anyone else.“”
Earl’s story illustrates that one never knows what impact a small gesture of kindness can have on another human being.
Always speak to strangers
always be kind…
Thank you for the inspiration, Earl!
You can find Earl on his website at www.earlmusick.com