"This is Ernie Tetrault," the voice on the other line said. “Is this THE Ernie Tetrault, the broadcaster?” I asked.
The Hall of Famer journalist and longest tenured anchorman in television was calling me for the latest news…in hearing aid technology.
Once he was a satisfied patient, he agreed to be the voice of our practice for television, radio, print media and speaking engagements.
Working in the shadow of greatness was a thrill for me. As a CEO thirty years his junior, I soaked up every bit of his anointing.
But it turned out to be more than a professional relationship. He became a voice from God. Ernie didn’t know that I had a spiritual hearing loss in the area of confidence and he was the man God used to broadcast encouragement into my soul.
“You’ve done an amazing job here with your staff and patients,” he’d say again and again.
And I began to believe him. After all, he was the most respected voice of the capital district. When Ernie said something, it must be true.
Through countless speaking engagements and television commercials, we became a tag team of sorts. But again, it was more than polished promos that I learned from Ernie.
The most famous face in Upstate New York would defer to me and build me up as he introduced me to thousands upon thousands of people in person and through the airwaves.
Before long, I knew the real scoop behind the anchorman who’d look into the camera and say, “I’m Ernie Tetrault.”
PORTAL TO HEAVEN: Sometimes God has to turn up the volume when he broadcasts encouragement to his faithful.
A voice from the cloud said...Listen to him!"*...As they approached, Jesus said, “Now here is a genuine son of Israel—a man of complete integrity.”…Barnabas (which translated means "Son of Encouragement")…For I have sent him to you for this very purpose, ... that he may encourage your hearts…encouraging and imploring each one of you as a father would his own children… John 1:47 NLT, Acts 4:36 NASB, Colossians 4:8 NASB, 1 Thessalonians 2:11 *Not to be taken out of context.