Cal Ripkin, Jr.
Of the Baltimore Orioles baseball team broke Lou Gehrig’s seemingly insurmountable
record of 2,130 consecutive games played. Gehrig never missed a game for over
15 seasons. He played despite a broken toe, a broken rib, a broken thumb, a
twisted back, several attacks of lumbago, and numerous bouts with colds and
the flu. Gehrig and Ripkin remind us of the importance of dependability.

Where would we
be without those low-key, self-effacing individuals who just do their thing
day after day? Today, notice and thank several people whose dependability makes
your life easier: the one who prepares your dinner, the custodian who cleans
your office, the garbage collector, the one who delivers your newspaper each
morning. Thank the Lou Gehrigs and Cal Ripkins who are all around you, dependable
people you can count on.

 – Bill Bouknight, Christ United Methodist Church, Memphis,

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