At the height of their popularity, the Rock and Roll band, Van Halen, had an interesting demand in their contract: a bowl of M&M’s back stage with all of the brown ones removed. In fact if the band found even one brown M&M in the bowl, the show would be canceled but the band would be fully compensated. When I first read about this I thought, “Wow! Of all the pompous, arrogant attitudes…” But then I read a little further.
The band had nine trucks filled with high tech equipment and a lot of people involved in putting on a show. If the promoter’s hadn’t taken the time to read and follow through with article 126 – no brown M&M’s – what else had they missed?
Ah…that puts it in a different light. Like so many situations in life, the little things mean a lot. Like four little verses in Romans 12. Just four little verses out of thousands, yet if we miss them, we will miss out on God’s best for our lives and relationships.
“10 Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other.
11 Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically.
12 Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying.
13 When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them. Always be eager to practice hospitality.”
Like candy-coated chocolate, how sweet it will be when we not only “read the contract,” but follow through in love.