Several years ago, the Peanuts creator cartoonist Charles Schulz wrote a brief quiz. It went something like this: Name three Nobel Prize winners; name the three wealthiest people in the world; name this year’s Heisman Trophy finalists. Then he asked three more questions: Name three teachers who affected your life; name three friends who stood by you; name three people you like to be around.
This is Howard Butt, Jr., of Laity Lodge. What was Charles Schulz’s point? Celebrities don’t make the biggest impact on our lives—the people close to us do. The people you live and work with, who care about you, are the more important part of the high calling of our daily work.
Perfume and incense bring joy to the heart, and the pleasantness of one’s friend springs from his earnest counsel.