Cecil Spear, one of my very best friends, is an engineer who graduated from Auburn University. The native of Lapine, Ala., has worked for Trinity Industries, a huge steel company located in Texas, for a very long time. Cecil and his wife Joyce now live in Auburn and they have a very good life there. Cecil’s current job with Trinity is to take “important” customers and key Trinity management personnel to play golf at Shoal Creek in Birmingham about once a month and he actually gets paid to do it.
In his spare time, Cecil is a commercial artist. He paints primarily landscapes and seascapes and his work is very good. Cecil is a member of an art group in Montgomery and they meet weekly.
However, Cecil has another talent that he uses to his advantage and it too has served him well. Cecil can get into places that no person should be able to enter without an official pass or a legitimate escort. I asked Cecil to give us an example of how he operates. The following is a story of one of Cecil’s most difficult entry – in his words.
I was invited to sit in the Beasley Allen Suite for the SEC Championship Game between Auburn and Missouri a few years back. After walking around most of the morning seeing the sights I became very tired. I went to one of the Stadium Gates and was told the Suite Level did not open until 2 p.m., which meant waiting another two hours. As I was being denied entrance to the Stadium, I noticed a group of people with cameras and other gear entering the Stadium at the lower level. So I “hustled” down the stairs and entered the gate with those people. I guess I looked official, because nobody tried to stop me.
As I started to enter the inner gate, I was stopped and told by an imposing female security Officer that I could not enter. I told the lady that I was an “old, tired man with a ticket to an executive suite owned by Jere Beasley.” After examining my ticket and looking me over, she said: “Honey, follow me.” The nice lady ushered me to an elevator and rode up to the Suite level, took me up to the Beasley Suite, unlocked the door and said: “Make yourself at home young man and enjoy the food.”
The food for the game had been delivered and I suddenly realized how hungry I was – so I helped myself. It was GREAT!! After eating lots, I carefully put everything back in its proper place and hid my dirty plate on top of the refrigerator. (I knew that it would not be found until I was long gone.)
The Beasley family and other guests arrived a little after 2 pm and Jere could not understand how I had gotten in. Auburn won the game and the SEC Championship, and it was a very enjoyable experience.
I was quite proud of being able to get in the suite early; however, the moral of this story is very simple. I was very courteous to the security lady and she in turn helped me. I know that the Golden Rule really works; “when you treat others like you want to be treated, good things happen.” I realized then that I had a special talent, but I didn’t want to take the credit. Jere tells me I rank right up there with Mr. Sonny Orr, but I know better.
I have given Cecil a well-earned title, a “get-in artist,” and it is certainly well deserved. In fact, Cecil may be the greatest “walk-in” artist of all time. While Houdini was the greatest escape artist, Cecil may be the greatest “get-in” artist around today. Cecil can definitely get into places that are impossible for others to access. I have seen him do this sort of thing on numerous occasions. Combined with his “golf” job and his paintings, this talent has been very good for my friend Cecil.
Some of you may be having a hard time relating Cecil’s special talent and his escapades with anything spiritual, but I can assure that there is a definite connection. Cecil is a very nice, courteous and friendly man who follows the Golden Rule in his daily life. Having the Golden Rule as our guide in dealings with others will serve all of us well. It will also benefit the folks we deal with. It’s stated in Matthew 7:12:
So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets. Matthew 7:12
My prayer today is for all persons to follow the Golden Rule in all of their dealings with others. If everybody were to do that universally, we would have few – if any – problems of any kind. I strongly encourage each of our readers to follow the Golden Rule daily in all of our dealings with others.
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