Anyone that really knows me knows that I love stand-up comedy. I have since I was very young. “Evening at the Improv” was a nightly show in our house. In fact, I have often thought that if I were not a preacher I would have been a stand-up comic. I love the stage, the stories, the audience engagement and the ability to make someone laugh.
Anyway, throughout my life I have watched hundreds of comedians and one of my early favorites was Steve Martin. As a child of the 70’s I enjoyed his crazy antics on Saturday Night Live. I owned his comedy cassette tape called “Comedy is Not Pretty” and listened to it over and over again. I even saw one of his hour-long comedy specials on TV.
Through the years Steve quit performing stand-up comedy and went into acting and I never really gave him much thought after that change. Well, recently a pastor I know named Brian Jones recommended on his Blog an autobiography of Steve Martin called “Born Standing Up.” Yesterday I stopped by the library and saw that they had a copy. Today I started into the book and was on page three when I saw a quote that fits my blog.
“I am not self-destructive, though I almost destroyed myself.” – Steve Martin in Born Standing Up page 3
Now many people could say that exact same thing about some point in their life? I know I could.
Thank God for a second chance!!