Gene Autry

I’m sure you all know who Gene Autry is. Most of is remember him as the singing cowboy of the movies and tv. What some may not know is he was also the owner of a MLB team. I learned this while watching a special about his life.

In this special many stories were told about Autry. The one that stuck out to me was recounted by a former baseball business associate. He said that when folks met Autry they were expecting him to be like he was on the screen: honest, friendly, and a regular Joe-type. He then said they weren’t disappointed when they met him; he was just like that. Then he illustrated the point by telling of a time when a pitcher in a big game was just getting hammered by the other team. When they pulled the pitcher from the game he was being shouted at and called names. Autry stood up and said “Well bless his heart” feeling badly for the player. Yes, he was always who he was, no putting on airs about him.

Have you ever considered how you, as a child of God, are watched by the world? Do you think they are looking to see how you act away from church and your Christian family? Sure they are. It was once said if Christian people acted like they do on Sunday mornings Monday at work the Word would have a greater impact on the non-Christian, making them to wonder just what you have that they don’t.

Psalm 28:7 The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him.