Are You Working the Crowds?

Audio / Produced by The High Calling


Ever hear of E. W. Scripps? His media empire spread across daily newspapers in 15 states, the United Press Association, and the United Feature Syndicate. But, he worked mostly from his ranch, avoiding both office and society.

Scripps did not want applause. "If the world applauds you, you're probably on the wrong course," he said. We all instinctively covet applause. But reason will guide us much better than popularity.

This is Howard Butt, Jr., of Laity Lodge. E. W. Scripps was a quirky man of many contradictions and some very sharp insights. Applause is heady . . . it's seductive. Scripps reminds us to put it in its place: We work not to please crowds, but to honor our Maker—in the high calling of our daily work.

Ascribe to the LORD, O families of nations,
ascribe to the LORD glory and strength,
ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name.

(1 Chron. 16:28-29)