Let the credits roll

It’s always an interesting procession at the end of the movie to watch people rise from their seats almost immediately after “The End” splashes on the screen.

They miss the credits – the people who made the movie happen. Maybe it’s just me, but I watch the credits. It’s intriguing to watch who the ‘grips’ there were and who did provided the catering. Just who was the “Man at the gas station”? Who provided the wedding cake?

Sometimes there are “stingers” in the credits – little teasers for sequels or outtakes. There’s even a website dedicated to documenting these: “Whatsafterthecredits.com

There’s an application here for me to live. I shouldn’t just pay attention to the credits at the movie theater — I need to pay attention to credits everywhere else.  At my job, I am quick to scoop up the project or the article or the report and start moving on it. But I don’t read the credits – giving praise to the work of the hands that produced it.

And at home, I haven’t always been one to give credit, as I’ve been much more apt to give criticism. How about the man who sweeps the parking lot at my work, or the woman who cleans the glass. How about the older gentleman who picks up trash in the neighborhood or the single man that stuffs the bulletins at church.

Let the credits roll.  Who do you need to praise today? Comment here.

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4 Responses to Let the credits roll

  1. I like this, David. My dad has always waited through the credits, wanting to know the name of the gaffer or the best boy — and has the kind of memory that could tell you if the same fella was involved in the production of another file. I'm always kind of impressed that films still even include the credits so far down the chain.But this is a good reminder for me in life as well. I'm an independent contractor now, working from my kitchen or basement office with no secretarial staff to handle my correspondence or copying or what have you. It reminds me that these folks serve us well and a little appreciation goes a long way.

  2. I was a total nerd growing up, back before nerds were at least computer cool. My kids think I'm still a nerd even though their friends think I'm totally cool.I don't think I'm especially cool or nerdy any more. But I do remember what it's like to have everyone's eyes pass over you as insignificant. I think that remembering is part of what makes me fairly popular most everywhere now.I'm like everyone else and search out my friends in a crowd. I'm outgoing and easily connect with strangers. I appreciate the intelligence, experience and influence I hear in conversation with people like CEO's and the mayor and people who are stars in their fields when they're not too large in their own eyes.But I also search out the people no one else notices. I say hello to the guy collecting grocery carts in the parking lot. I crouch down and offer a gentle smile to children who look scared in a strange place. I love heading down to the jail with Forgotten Man Ministries to make sure inmates there aren't forgotten.All the overlooked people of the world have their own intelligence, experience and influence to share with those willing to listen. I honestly believe that there's no such thing as a true nerd, because every single individual is significant and has something to share with the world. Even a mentally challenged person has a perspective that can slow me down and be downright refreshing.I really like your post, David. And I'm not trying to sound like super-Christian here. This is simply one of my God-given gifts I didn't always recognize as a gift. I hope I managed to share it as a joy which looks inviting to others. 😀

  3. There is One who will give credits at the end to all. He will miss nothing.I'm grateful.

  4. What a great analogy! This is one of the simplest things we can do to impact the lives of others (giving credit, saying thank you, acknowledging people), but we are so quick to jump up and move on. In my company we are working hard at "employee engagement" (I know, trendy management buzzword, and one of the things we keep telling supervisors and manaagers is that the one thing people want more than anything else at work is to feel appreciated. Those two words, "Thank You" are so simple, but can make a huge difference in how people feel about their jobs. But really, I don't know if I will ever actually sit through the credits after a movie and read it all!

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