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A Cup of Comfort Devotional for Mothers and Daughters (Adams Media, 2009)
Chicken Soup: What I Learned from the Dog (2009)
Love is a Flame (Bethany House, 2010)
Extraordinary answers to Prayer (Guideposts, 2010)
Love is a Verb (Bethany House, 2011)
Big Dreams from Small Spaces (Group Publishing, 2012)

Monday, January 18, 2010

No One To Thank

I watched part of the Golden Globe awards last night. Most of the awards went to well-deserving artists, composers and directors. Robert Downey Jr. won an award, too. He's a fabulous actor. But did you hear what he said when he came up to accept his Goldie? He said, "I have no one to thank. They needed me."
No one to thank?
You arrogant blankety-blanket-blank.
In my book, anyone who's acomplished anything has someone to thank. Especially. . . SomeOne.
How about the mother who gave you life?
Possibly a father in the picture, as well.
How about your teachers who taught you how to read so you could actually learn your actor's lines by reading the script?
How about the director who first saw your potential and gave you your first part in a high school or college production?
Did you take acting lessons? I'll bet someone worked hard to help you develop your craft.
How about finances? Did someone ever help you along with money to, say, help you with the rent, or groceries, etc?
How did you get your first break in Hollywood? Someone took a chance on you.
I could go on and on. Downey Jr.'s remark makes my blood boil.
Every breath that I breathe is granted to me by a loving Heavenly Father.
I thank Him every day that I have a workable brain, limbs that work, fingers with enough dexterity to type these posts, eyes to see, ears to hear. My husband makes a good salary - also a gift from God. This allows me the opportunity to spend time writing. I have been the beneficiary of parent love, teacher devotion, scholarships, timely jobs, loyal friends.
I'm no Robert Downey Jr. but even with my small accomplishments, I have so many someones to thank.
I read the writings of a man far greater than Robert Downey Jr. In his letters the Apostle Paul says,"I always thank God for you. . . "(1 Cor. 1:4)
Or, "I thank my God every time I remember you." (Phil. 1:3)
Or how about: "We ought always to thank God for you. . . " (1 Thess. 1:3)

No one to thank?
Look around you, brother!


  1. Wonderful post! And very humbling that none of us stand alone - and we stand on the Rock!

  2. Halleluia, we stand on the Rock! Thanks, Susan.

  3. Absolutely wonderful post, Dena! I'm in total agreement...maybe I won't see anymore movies with Downey, Jr. in them. I bet if enough people boycotted his films, he would not get to work anymore, and maybe his attitude would change...