Mork from Ork…Signing off.

Mork from Ork…Signing off.

Nanu-Nanu.  How long it took me as child to perfect the hand greeting from “Ork” without having to use my other hand to hold it in place.  Today, I lost a fixture of my childhood.  Perhaps you did too.  The lovable, affable Mork from Ork has signed off for his last time.  As I’m sure you have heard by now, comedian Robin Williams,  famous for his portrayal of Mork, Mrs. Doubtfire, a grown up Peter Pan, Alan Parrish in Jumanji and countless other roles, was found dead in his home in San Francisco yesterday from suspected suicide by asphyxiation.  Those close to him say that he had struggled with severe depression of late.  Depression?  Are you kidding me?  The man that brought so much joy to each of us apparently kept none of it for himself.

I think the age-old lesson here is to never judge a book by it’s cover.  We typically think of that in terms of judging a person negatively by their outward appearance, but in this case the opposite also proves true.  Just because a person looks like they have it all together, that they’re the happiest soul on the planet, it doesn’t mean they really do.  Today, let’s recommit to treating everyone we interact with, with grace.  You never know what war could be raging just beneath the surface and your kindness could mark the turning of the tide for that person and it just might open the door for you to “share the reason for the hope that you have.” 1 Peter 3:15

Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.   Colossians 4: 5-6

Mike Medlin

August 12th, 2014

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