When any of us completed a chore, task or assignment, my grandmother, Lucille “Big Mama” would publicly tell us that we did a good job then she would also tell her sister circle when we were standing in their presence.
She believed that giving a person her roses while you were alive was way important.
She took that familiar stance where she would gather with the voice and that familiar stance–placing her hands on her hips and looking at us as she spoke the words, “Job well done.” We all knew what that meant. Praise and recognition had an important role in our house.
She clearly used her biblical foundation, anchored by. “Matthew 25:23: His lord said to him, “Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.”
Big Mama reminded me that I should view any position of authority as an opportunity to help the people under you, and view your position of subservience as an opportunity to submit to your authority, just as Jesus submitted to the Father’s authority.
Either way, you can be Christlike, because Jesus was both master and servant to different people. “Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way, you will fulfill the law of Christ” (Galatians 6:2). I saw that in my friend, Hollywood.
I have witnessed this amplified by my friend, colleague, prayer partner, fellow homeless advocate, media team member, journo buddy, Michael “Hollywood” Hernandez, a true storyteller of all the news that readers and listeners love for him to talk about. You were blessed if you ever hung out with Hollywood.
I had the opportunity to hang out with Hollywood for over three decades from K104 to Texas Metro News to every red carpet and film festival in the area.
To describe Hollywood’s presence and his effect on his audience is like trying to tell you how secret sauce is made-im- possible! You would have to be in the room to see his compassion, humor, dedication, steadfastness and so much more. I can honestly say I loved Michael Cantu a.k.a. Michael “Hollywood” Hernandez. He had the best social capital ever. It is a badge of honor to know him. Earth is a richer place because of his impact.
What a great servant, community icon was given to our world in Michael “Hollywood” Hernandez. I know he is getting his confirmation right now, just like Big Mama gave me mine.
“Job well done” Hollywood! Thanks for living on the planet at the same time as me!