An Inconvenient History? (part one)

(Lots of great video links in this one…click on the bold words for the vids)

Last night I saw a commercial that I have seen several times in the last few weeks. It was a commercial for Hanes t-shirts. Most people would recognize the gentlemen in the commercial as Michael Jordan and Charlie Sheen. However, neither person’s name is mentioned. Charlie calls Michael “MJ” but that’s it. This made me think a little. How many people out there have no idea who either one of these guys are? I know this may seem ridiculous to most of us, but to some people the commercial would seem, in a way, silly. You might get a lot of….hmmmm…I don’t get it. Is the commercial a little arrogant. (As I write, the commercial is on…) The commercial actually shows how in awe, even another celebrity can be of Michael Jordan. Charlie is so desperate, just to hang out with “MJ”, that he throws his phone into his car, hoping Michael would get his number and give him a call sometime…which he will not.

Now…here’s what I remember about these two guys. Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player to ever play the game….period. Six Championships. Countless other accolades and records. I don’t care what kids these days are saying about LeBron James…there is no comparison. He might be this generation’s MJ but he is NOT MJ. He tried playing baseball once. (I actually witnessed him hit a home run in a minor league game in Chattanooga. He just never looked right in a baseball uniform.) He starred in Space Jam and in those great McDonald’s commercials with Larry Bird. He was NIKE! He was on THE Dream Team. He likes to play golf and gamble. I could go on and on.

Charlie Sheen starred in some great movies. Red Dawn, Platoon, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (not really a starring role, but quite funny), Wall Street, Young Guns, Eight Men Out, Navy Seals, Men At Work, Cadence (AWESOME), The Rookie, Hot Shots one and part deaux (Stupid, but nonetheless), and two of my favorite movies of all time; Major League and The Three Musketeers. He also currently owns the sitcom world (or what’s left of it anyway) on Two and a Half Men on CBS. One of my favorite shows…ever.

What are these two guys going to be remembered for? MJ in Hanes commercials and Charlie Sheen as a drunk and failure at marriage. It’s really a shame. These guys have had great careers and are going to be remembered for what they are doing currently. I don’t care as much about how we remember Sheen, but we can’t let MJ go out like that…In his underwear?!?!?

A memorable line from Batman Begins comes to mind. It’s said about three different times by different actors/actresses. You know… ”It’s not who you are underneath, but what you do that defines you.”

I would take this one step further and say, “It’s what you do LAST that defines who you are.”

I think a lot of people spend a great deal of their lives living in the past. Your history is very important but unfortunately, or in some cases fortunately, will be forgotten and taken over by what you are doing right now. The best way to secure that your past will be forgotten, or not forgotten, is to change your “now”.

This may sound a little confusing, but let me see if I can get my point across. If your past was cruddy, and you don’t want people to remember you as a chump, you are the only one who can change that. If you have been a success in your past, you have an even bigger challenge…keeping your reputation in tact. I don’t think we should ever try to forget a troubled past. I think we are to learn from it and take wisdom from our experiences, good or bad.

Make people remember you for what you are doing now. Live your life with the love of Jesus Christ. Show love to everyone. Spread the love that Jesus came to earth to teach us about. Share the love and life lessons of Jesus. This will change your history and your “now”.


An Inconvenient History? (part two) will focus on Brett Favre, The Green Bay Packers, and how ridiculous that whole situation has become. I will also discuss some of our history that makes teenagers today say, “Huh, what’s that?” Really sad stuff.


~ by gack24 on August 3, 2008.

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