Thursday, October 07, 2004

This is just a test...

If you could say just one word and the whole world would listen, what would it be?

Okay, I know I ask some pretty insanely ridiculous heavy-type questions in my head sometimes, and more than that, I actually think about them for hours and attempt to answer them as well. It seems to be a particular quirk of mine. Go ahead, try it, it doesn't hurt, and it may actually lead you to discover some cool things.

Soooo...let's see. That one word, can I have two? Please? Okay, since I am asking permission from myself, I will allow it because I am quite lenient and after all, not trying to take advantage of myself in any way. My first thought was "Fear not!" That's a cool one because angels say it a lot and so does God. So it must be important. But if all the fear were wiped out in the world, what would that really accomplish? We'd feel better and get more stuff done. Hmmm. Nice, but I want more. So, let's try something more positive, like "Love others." Now that's a pretty profound one, and if everyone in the world listened and did that, wow, I do think we would have a whole different scenario happening. I don't know if you can get something more effective than that. Really. So why does it still not feel like that's the thing that would come from my lips if I was honest; it just feels like the right answer that you give in Sunday School - true, but not something I have sweat over, cried out for, and hungered and thirsted for it to be evident every day in my life.

And what, exactly, would that be? That one thought that, if I could just get it through to people, I would be happy to expire from this earth, knowing that I had accomplished all I could hope for and all I was meant to, because those words would be the very essence of me. They would live on and speak of everything I had tried to accomplish, to change. Well, I know it's a bit of a hard task to boil it all down to such a small snapshot, I mean, even God has a whole collection of books to tell us what he deems to be important. But remember, it's just an exercise, something to challenge the mind; it is not the final exam on judgment day.

Okay, I just sat here for 15 minutes trying to come up with something and this is hard! But I did hear a phrase in my head that begins to come close to approaching what I think I might want to say...

There's more...

1 comment:

Doug Floyd said...

Smile.