Personal Parables, Uncategorized

Watch Out!

We are being robbed. Every day this fleeting perpetrator steals our money and influences our youth. We race to the next destination, congratulating ourselves for beating it. We apologize for letting it get away from us. But, it makes constant demands on us no matter how much we strive to manage it. We expect others to share it with us. We are reluctant to give it up. We watch it. We wait for it. We claim to cut it in half or kill it. What we mean is we want to save it. But, we can’t. It continually, relentlessly passes us by.

Time.

How can we believe it heals all wounds when it activates within everyone a ticking bomb that could detonate at any …time?

The truth is timepieces don’t give us peace time.

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Colossians 3:15

Peace time happens when we are thankful for every piece of time we have been given. Gratitude relaxes us during our rush-hour moments, especially if we get a glimpse of flashing lights in the distance. One deeper breath stops us from trying to track down what we can never catch and helps us remember …

There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven—

A time to give birth and a time to die;
A time to plant and a time to uproot what is planted.
A time to kill and a time to heal;
A time to tear down and a time to build up.
A time to weep and a time to laugh;
A time to mourn and a time to dance.
A time to throw stones and a time to gather stones;
A time to embrace and a time to shun embracing.
A time to search and a time to give up as lost;
A time to keep and a time to throw away.
A time to tear apart and a time to sew together;
A time to be silent and a time to speak.
A time to love and a time to hate;
A time for war and a time for peace.

He has made everything appropriate in its time. He has also set eternity in their heart, yet so that man will not find out the work which God has done from the beginning even to the end. I know that there is nothing better for them than to rejoice and to do good in one’s lifetime.

Ecclesiastes 3:2-8, 11-12 NASB

One Page at a Time, Uncategorized

One Page at a Time: Nothing New Under the Sun

“ALL OUR BEST MATERIAL HAS ALREADY BEEN COVERED BY WONDERFUL WRITERS. IF WE LET THAT STOP US, NOTHING NEW WOULD EVER GET WRITTEN.” Barbara Ambercrombie, as quoted in A Year of Writing Dangerously

“Everything has been said; but not everything has been said superbly, and even if it has been, everything must be said freshly, over and over.” Paul Horgan, as quoted in A Year of Writing Dangerously

I came across these quotations in my daily reading a few weeks ago. I heard these sentiments over and over in my college writing classes. They are not new ideas. The goal of all writing is to make the old new. No wonder the newness of a blank page evokes such fear. Writers know the impossibility of the task. In fact, so impossible is this task, that the original idea–whether known or unknown to Ambercrombie and Horgan–comes from the God-inspired wisdom of Solomon.

Ecclesiastes 1:9: NIV
What has been will be again,
    what has been done will be done again;
    there is nothing new under the sun.

Ernest Hemingway also quoted from portions of Ecclesiastes (1:4-7) at the beginning of The Sun Also Rises. Most likely the title was inspired by verse five: “The sun also ariseth, and the sun goeth down, and hasteth to his place where he arose.” Read Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 and the melody of a song by The Byrds comes to mind, possibly lingering for the rest of the day.

Writers be warned as you read the following passage because you may never pick up your pen or turn on your computer again!

Ecclesiastes 1:2-3 NIV

“Meaningless! Meaningless!”
    says the Teacher.
“Utterly meaningless!
    Everything is meaningless.”