Lately I am thankful for the behind the scene people who bring light to the background of my life. So often we take them for granted, failing to fully appreciate their assistance in keeping things running smoothly and the beasts at bay.
Many people don’t even know the names of the ones supporting each of us in a wide variety of ways. Who cleans the bathrooms and empties the waste cans following the big game? At church who comes in early to be sure the heat or a/c is at the perfect temperature, the doors unlocked and the lights on? These are the ones who make the magic happen and keep the bus a-rolling.
Open your refrigerator and look at the food there. Who stocked the shelves at the store for you before you made your purchases? Who grew the food? Who drove the truck to deliver the supplies? Who wrote the paychecks and balanced the books at the store?
We oo and awe at celebrities and wonder what a grip or a gaffer is in the credits listed at the end of the movie. Those working behind the scenes are superstars too.
“None of us get where we’re going alone. There are certainly times of solitude and loneliness on the entrepreneurial, creative, artistic, professional and personal pathways, but we’re not really all by ourselves.
There is a crowd of people cheering you on, opening doors, and working behind the scenes… Say thanks to the people who get you where you’re going.”
Behind the scene people rarely get the attention they deserve. Time to say a few words of thanks in this blog!
- Host Gator – these are the folks who provide space on their server for this blog. Two weeks ago, malware attacked and attached to the coding that runs this column. I was lost. The techy people at Host Gator tracked down the sneaky code and cleaned up my blog. Alleluia! Thank you Host Gator.
- Blogelina –Tanya moved my blog several years ago from Blogger platform to WordPress. She is a rich source of blogging information and help. Unselfishly in May she offered blog makeovers to up to 1000 blogs in exchange for a donation to Cure.org, an organization serving children with disabilities throughout the world. Isn’t that inspirational? She is using her gifts to help bloggers all the while raising money to support this group. Thank you Tanya!!
- Other writers – Your words, some written centuries ago and others newly printed refresh my soul. Often just a simple phrase lingers and takes on new life in my journal and in my prayers. I hear God through your writings and encounter him in your ideas.
- My hubby – I am forever grateful for his patient listening as I babble on and on about my blog. He just smiles and listens while I whine, imagine, plan and play with words. He waits when I take off running to snap a photo of something weird that just might make a good post photo. He also brings techy skills into my office when I scream at the computer and wonder why it glitches and hiccups when I have four gazillion things to write.
- And you! I love the friends I have made through this blog. Those who leave comments, send emails or introduce themselves when we meet in public. This place also serves as a connecting point with lifelong friends – to share and keep in touch. You are all so encouraging and bring the act of writing, a solitary calling, into a joyous sustaining community.
As for us, we have this large crowd of witnesses around us. So then, let us rid ourselves of everything that gets in the way, and of the sin which holds on to us so tightly, and let us run with determination the race that lies before us.
Today I am grateful and thank the Lord for the gift of so many behind the scenes people.
Who is a behind the scene person in your life?
Jen Ferguson says
This is such an encouraging post, Jean. It just oozes grace and love and the world needs a lot more of that!
Jean Wise says
Thanks Jen and thanks for sharing it too on facebook.
Thank you, Jean. I work at the paper in advertising, and its my job to showcase the best in my clients. I love my job. One of the best parts is when a client looks back at me and smiles feeling they look amazing…. because they are 😉 I am behind the scenes, but in my own way, it is my platform. God always sends amazing projects.
Jean Wise says
What a great example – the person who designs the ads in the paper. Did you know for 9 years I was a reporter for our local paper? Recently quit so have more time doing other things but I really enjoyed journalism and learned so much. It is more than a platform for you – it’s a ministry I am sure
Wow! Very cool. I am at my second paper now. (This one much larger) but have been passed over twice in editorial much to my dismay…but as always, it was by God’s design 🙂 and for my good. Im loving what Ido and am growing in the field. God has positioned me, and Im thankful ♡ I know for certain my writing days are not over, and I am meeting the people I need to meet to tell the stories I need to tell.
Hi Jean! How beautiful to ‘put your money where your mouth is’ and not only bring up the idea of people who help, but name them as well! I like the thoughts about the hidden ones in our lives, who produce our food, pray for us, and inspire us too.
I am grateful for you! You inspire me and many people through your writing and speaking. May God continue to bless you for the blessing you are to His children.
Have a wonderful day 🙂
Jean Wise says
Thank you for your kind blessing. There are so many people behind each of us supporting, lifting us up in prayer – we often don’t realize how many people really do support us. We are a community!
Martha Orlando says
Such a great idea to think about, Jean, as we too often overlook the influences of so many in our lives. Like you, I am so grateful for all the bloggers, like yourself, who I follow and from who I glean such wisdom and inspiration. There are endless persons and things in our lives for which to be thankful, aren’t there? Blessings, my friend!
Jean Wise says
I love the wisdom I have found from fellow bloggers. I am so grateful for all of you! Counting my blessings tonight!
Nancy Ruegg says
That cloud of witnesses around me include MANY family and friends who encourage and support. One in particular, an old friend from college, reads and comments on my blog faithfully. Her words give me energy to continue.
Another is YOU, Jean! A couple of weeks ago you suggested I try to get one of my posts published in a periodical. I am doing just that! I’ve been researching possibilities, and have found a good fit, I think. Thank you for the little push of encouragement. I needed it!
Jean Wise says
You are so sweet, Nancy. I treasure friends like you that I have met through both of our blogs. I am excited about your article. keep me posted on your progress. Good for you!!