The TV show Seinfeld followed the lives of four friends living in New York in the 90s. Jerry was the lead character. Elaine was his former girlfriend. Kramer was the crazy guy who lived next door. And George was Jerry’s short, pudgy, balding, unemployed best friend.
In the early seasons of the show, one of the frequent plotlines revolved around Jerry and George trying to create a sitcom for NBC based off of their own lives. Well, by Season 4 it looked like their dream was about to come true. Executives in New York had agreed to a script, had held casting auditions, and had even approved a pilot episode…when George noticed a small white blemish on his upper lip.
Naturally, he was a little nervous about the potential implications of this discovery. Some of his friends told him it was nothing. Some of his friends told him to get it checked out. He didn’t know what to do…only that he didn’t want to see a doctor because he was afraid of what the doctor might say. In his bizarre way of thinking, he’d rather die from cancer than to learn that he had cancer.
Welcome to the mind of George Louis Costanza….
Making matters worse is the fact that George was finally on the brink of his very first success in life. He’d been a loser his whole life, and he feared that now, just before he could become a famous television producer, his life was going to be prematurely ended by cancer.
He was filled with so much angst that he decided to see a therapist. In the ensuing consultation, George’s frustration got the better of him and he yelled, “God would never let me be successful; He’d kill me first. He’d never let me be happy.”
The female therapist was a bit confused. “I thought you didn’t believe in God?”
Without missing a beat, George fired back, “I do for the bad things!”
Lots of people think God’s sole reason for existing is to bring bad news into their lives. Nothing could be farther from the truth! In fact, God actually has some really good news for us!
Seinfeld. “The Pilot.” Season 4, Episode 23. NBC. May 20, 1993.