Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Can you guess who these two men are? 

People often tell me I look like one of these two guys. Then, they often call me, “Andy” or “Al.” I am not sure sometimes whether to take that as a compliment or find myself wondering if I’m the wise guy in the room. Al and Andy are two of the most famous living Hollywood movie stars of our time. Alfred Pacino or better known as Al Pacino was born and raised in Italy. While, Andrés Arturo García Menéndez was born in Havana, Cuba.

I am amazed how often people like to compare me to some person they recognize. I am far from looking like any of these dudes, who are famous for saying so little on screen. 

One of my favorite artists is actually this guy, Elvis Aaron Presley named after his father’s last name and his mother’s last name. Known essentially around the world as just “Elvis!” This is the guy that influenced the music I listen to. Is that wild or what?

My mom was a big fan of his music, so I grew up listening to it too. I like the simple melodies, words of romance and the country twang that made him famous. It was not only his music that influenced me but also his character. He actually talked to his fans and was never afraid to take pictures with them. He was a kind and gentle person, who really took an interest in his fans. I read many articles and books that would always say, he gave generously to people. If you visit the Richard Nixon Library in Yorba Linda, California, you can actually see some of the gifts he gave to President Nixon during his term. Did you know that Elvis had a twin brother? Sadly his brother was stillborn.

Do you know what these men: Al, Andy and Elvis have in common?

They are the most recognizable faces in the world. I admire their talents and performances because they know their craft so well. I can never do anything remotely close to what they have accomplished.  

The talents I have, I attribute them all to God. I can write an essay in less than 30 minutes, finish a book in one day, cook almost anything and clean almost anything. All these things I can do, I give thanks. The Bible says, “Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.” -James 1:17  We are to give thanks to God for all the good things we have. If we don’t, we’re selfish and prideful. This Christmas I am thankful to have two parents, a mother and father, who love me, along with a sister, who cares for me. I can thank the LORD God everyday for everything he gives me...whether I like it or not.

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