The original tele-evangelist, Oral Roberts, appeared up at the office today. He was being recognized for his lifetime achievements and dedication to Oklahoma. Love him or hate him, he's an important figure around here. My grandpa did some work on the air conditioners at his university back in the 60's and was mighty impressed with those giant praying hands on the campus of ORU up there in T-town.
Meanwhile, you could have heard a pin drop in the chamber today while he was talking. Usually, the members mingle, shake hands, make deals, tell jokes ... anything but sit at their desks. Today, they were as attentive as school kids and very well behaved.
The message of the day was this, and I'm not exactly an Oral Roberts fan, but I liked the gist of this -- he went on about how when he retired, he made way for his successor to take over for him, as we are instructed to do. But then went on about how the university became in debt and another family stepped and helped them. And how sometimes, who you think is going to be your successor isn't your successor after all. Someone else is.
I need time to think on that. :)