Because I'm busy and part of so many different networking groups, I felt it was in my best interest to refrain from joining "one more" group. However, after much pressing from a friend of mine, I ended up attending a presentation lead by Doug Burleigh, who was the President of Young Life years back and now splits his time between speaking engagements and living in Russia, serving people in need. Because I was a part of Young Life (think of it as a youth ministry version of the Scouts), I was interested in the discussion and I engaged a lot of people. I met George and started a friendship that grows greater every day.
George reminds me of my long since passed Grandpa Marriott, who I was intensely close to. He's fun, sweet natured, a little goofy, offers stale cheesy jokes, is irreverent, and basically just a fabulous man. His Deal has become a hugely valuable resource for my spirit because of this.
Norm spoke, offering up his perspective on why life matters, and that winning a Super Bowl (twice, no less) isn't as valuable as offering oneself up to change lives. He and his wife, Bobbe, work with couples all around the world, offering support and counseling. They are extraordinary and I've gotten to know Norm as well as one could, given the 7 months I've known him.
Today was the first day I actually got to see his Super Bowl rings, so I had to snap a shot of them on the hand.
The three rings on the right are his. The other ring belongs to George, who was an announcer for the Sonics in their early days, pre Kevin Calabro, and when they won the championship in 1979.
Ring #1 - George Toles' 1979 Sonics World champion ring
Ring #2 - Norm Evans' 1972 Super Bowl ring
Ring #3 - Norm Evans' 1973 Super Bowl ring
Ring #4 - Norm Evans' 1971 AFC Championship ring
I know today's blog may not seem to offer anyone who wasn't there much to chew on, but I will tell you that you should seek out a group of collaborative people, who share the same vision as you, in whatever capacity you choose. I believe we're all called to serve. It's just how we are called that is what separates us. I hope you find your destiny soon. It is my passion and my prayer for each of you today.