Everyone needs a Sam

Recently, I found myself re-watching the “Lord of the Rings” movies, my all time favourite series.  As I watched the final movie I was reminded of the following quote memorized in my elementary school days “The heights by great men reached and kept were not attained by sudden flight, but they, while their companions slept, were toiling upward in the night”. [Henry Wadsworth Longfellow].

The idea that great achievement is usually born out of great sacrifice is aptly demonstrated in Lord of the Rings but it is only part of the tale.  If we focus only on the great achievers/achievements we can sometimes overlook the part played by those who walked alongside giving encouragement and support. Such is the role of Samwise [Sam] Gamgee in the Lord of the Rings series.  Sam is Frodo’s constant companion and is blessed it would seem with irrepressible optimism and unflagging energy.  He can’t carry the ring but he can carry the ring bearer by the strength of his will or physically if necessary.  Sam is my unsung hero of this series. Everyone needs a “Sam”

Everyone needs a “Sam” to:

1. Go ahead and offer a helping hand when necessary;

helping hand

2. Walk alongside offering crucial words of encouragement and support;

3. Walk behind giving a gentle or not so gentle push;

4.  Carry you when your strength is gone and all hope has faded.

Your “Sam” is someone who shares the vision with you, sees the possibilities in you, is willing to push, challenge and encourage you to take the next step, and is there to pick you up when you fall flat on your face. [watch the video clip]

Everyone needs a “Sam”.  “Two are better than one… If either of them falls down, one can help the other up.  But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up”. [Solomon]

Happy Fathers’ Day to all the Dads out there! 

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Cliff {AMDG}

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4 Responses to Everyone needs a Sam

  1. Chandra Bhopa

    Thanks for the reminder, Clifford. Happy Father’s Day!

  2. Teri Brande

    You know, I have to say, I was just contemplating this thought today. I had looked upon leaders in the past as the strength and end-all of all knowledge; however, I am beginning to realize that, many of these who are in the forefront are there because they know that’s where they are called to be – they are in their place – yet, they, as we, have short comings.

    These short comings can just be from lacks in upbringing, or not having things imparted that were needed along the way – wisdom of older family members, friends, etc. However, we know that God knows all things and He can make up for these in the end.

    So, I’m realizing that there are leaders out on the front lines who have forgotten their armour, or no one told them they needed it, and other of us who are called to be their armour bearers. So let us be content whatever role we fill, knowing that all roles are important and lead us to the promises of the Kingdom, together.

    • cliff

      Teri, really appreciate your input here. Let’s endeavour to stand in the place of the encourager for those we have the privilege to impact.

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