BBC Radio Leicester Thought for the Day
© John Denney 25 February 2008
Ozzy and Barney
It was a big night, last night. At least for those who make a living in the film industry. It was the annual bash of the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences: it was Oscar night. There's no need for me to tell you the winners; every news bulletin will be full of it today.
There are those who say that the people who get the Oscars are already well rewarded by fame and breathtaking fortune. And there's a huge industry surrounding the actors' celebrity status, with the paparazzi following them around to get a telling photo, and gossip columnists ready to dish the dirt on what they get up to when they're not on the screen, and all those magazines and newspapers that would have nothing else to print if there weren't such celebrities.
But why don't we have award ceremonies for real people living real lives? Think of the unsung heroes and heroines of everyday life: your binman, the bloke down the sewage works, the bus driver, the receptionist at the doctor's surgery … in fact everyone who gets on with their everyday activities, making the wheels of Society turn. Most of us can't expect to receive an award for out contribution to Society.
So here's a suggestion: how about making to day "Awards Day"? Let's make a point of thanking ordinary people for doing what they do, well. One of the important characters in the earliest days of the church was nicknamed Barnabas. It means "Son of Encouragement". Wouldn't you like it if they nicknamed you "the encourager"?
 Acts 4:36 Joseph, a Levite from Cyprus, whom the apostles called Barnabas (which means Son of Encouragement)