Paul Newman


One day, a tourist was standing in line to buy an ice cream cone at a Thrifty Drug Store in Beverly Hills. To her utter shock and amazement, who should walk in and stand right behind her but Paul Newman! Well the lady, even though she was rattled, determined to maintain her composure. She purchased her ice cream cone and turned confidently and exited the store. However, to her horror, she realized that she had left the counter without her ice cream cone. She waited a few minutes until she felt all was clear, and then went back into the store to claim her cone.

As she approached the counter, the cone was not in the little circular receptacle, and for a moment she stood there pondering what might have happened to it. Then she felt a polite tap on her shoulder, and turning around, was confronted by, you guessed it, Paul Newman. The famous actor then told the lady that if she was looking for her ice cream cone, she had put it into her purse.

People are funny. We act crazy when we meet someone famous. Here’s a solution. Meet God and embrace him. Then nobody else will seem so impressive. Moses asked God, “Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” (Exodus 3:11). “Who am I?” That’s an eternal question. Where Moses messed up was by starting with “I.” A better question than “Who am I?” would have been “Who are you?” When we settle who God is, everything else fades into the background. Even Paul Newman.


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