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Why We Can't Wait
A few years ago, a major movement in America had its slogan, battle cry, "Why We Can't Wait!" The present has an endless feel about it. When our children are running wild in our house, it seems impossible to think that they will soon be gone and we will be alone. Remember when you thought you would always be a child in your parents home? Do you remember when it seemed like you would always be in school?
We soon began to realize that the "today's" disappear quite quickly into memories. One season becomes another, and our face suddenly looks older in the mirror. We become the middle and then the older generation at the family reunion. Our parents slip away from us one day and one of life's anchors is gone.
Though life seems long in our quick thoughts, it is but a moment. It dances past us and darts off into our nighttimes. If life is short, it is precious. If life is fragile, it must be handled with care. While we have been reminded quite often to be patient, we should began to understand that there are some things for which we cannot wait.
We cannot wait to mend an argument. What if the harsh words were our last ones?
We cannot wait to hug a child. He will soon grow out of his need for our hugs.
We cannot wait to treat our parents well. Someday soon they will be beyond our touch.
We cannot wait to help a friend. When someone needs our help, they need it now, not when it is more convenient for us.
We cannot wait to shed our weakness, tomorrow it will be a habit, and the next day a part of our character.
We cannot wait to find joy. Joy is an attitude, not a future event.
Our days are like clouds adrift on a summer sky. We know their grace one small hour, and then they are gone beyond our reach and comprehension. Let us live them well while they are still with us. That is why we cannot wait.
Pastor Hans Lillejord
What Is Important?
Distinguishing between Reality and Appearance.
One of the quietest authors/playwrights in English history is William Shakespeare. when I took a college course in Shakespeare I approached it with some skepticism as to whether or not he would have much to tell me as a young man. I found that every play I read had some major theme that was relevant for all time. One of these themes was the conflict between appearance and reality. In Shakespeare words, he told us that "all that glitters is not gold" and that "not every cloud engenders a storm". He further noted that "things sweet to the taste prove in digestion sour". It is time well spent to go back to the great masters of literature and reflect on their themes because truth is not limited to a time or a people. We, like the people of Shakespeare London, are living in a world of false images where it is hard to sort out truth from reality. It's a world where a political candidates hairstyle is more important to his campaign than his stand on world issues. It is a world where we know each other so superficially that some of our best friends are those who speak to us from a television set or twitter anonymously on a cell phone. It's a world where our dream homes are the slim facades of a television movie set, a world where we as humans put on facades because we are not quite sure people will like us without a veneer.