On February 24, 2006, 3 years ago yesterday, Don Knotts passed away in Beverly Hills, California at the age of 81. Those of you who know me, know just how much of a fan I am of the Andy Griffith Show. I watch the show every day on TV and/or on DVD. I’ve become quite a trivia buff about the show. Anyway, like most people, Deputy Barney Fife is one of my favorite characters.
If I were to share some of Don Knotts public accomplishments, you might not know who I was talking about. I mean, did you know that Don Knotts stared in such TV shows and movies as “In Search For Tomorrow,” “The Last Time I Saw Archie,” “Move Over, Darling,” and “The Prize Fighter?”
But allow me to mention “Deputy Sheriff,” “Bullet in a shirt pocket,” “Nip it in the bud,” and everyone knows who I’m talking about. You see, Don Knotts will forever be remembered as the man who played the bumbling Deputy on the Andy Griffith show. No one will ever be able to think of Don Knotts without thinking of his role as Barney Fife.
In Hollywood, that’s called “type-casting.” In Christianity, it’s called discipleship. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to live in such a fashion that when someone thinks of us, they think of Jesus? What a noble goal! May we so live that when it comes time for us to leave this world, we will be remembered, first and foremost, as a disciple of Jesus.