Wednesday, November 28, 2012

A tribute to Zig

Today, the world lost one of it's greatest motivators ever.

I read in an email that Zig Ziglar passed away at the age of 86. He leaves a great legacy. I'm grateful that I have some of his recordings in my mp3 player. They are gold.

I first heard of Zig in the early 80's. He was the host of a radio feature called "Daily Christian Motivation." It was a five minute program, designed to make you feel better about yourself. A couple of years later, I picked up a copy of his book, See You at the Top. After much note taking and reading it through a few times,I became a fan of his. I also bought, and read..and read...and read, his book, Confessions of a Happy Christian. My wife loved the attitude adjustment the books gave me.

Although I never met Zig in person, I look forward to the day we will meet in glory. I say this because we are both born again Christians. Zig spent a year in the early 80's as the first vice president of the Southern Baptist Convention. Zig left his mark there as well. He was a man of convictions and was never afraid to let the world know where he stood.

Thanks to modern technology, I can still listen to his recordings when I go for a walk. One of my favorite recordings is "Biscuits, Fleas, and Pump Handles." He recorded this in Dayton, Ohio in 1977. The recording is as relevant today as it was 35 years ago. It's worth a listen. Here's another message worth watching:

A phrase I once heard Zig say when someone asked him how he was doing was "Super good, but I'll get better." I use it often.

RIP Zig. the world is a better place because of you.