Everyone has a role to play. Nothing in life is strictly a one person show, not even individual sports. For individuals to win there must be a contest. Contests take other contestants, supporters, and an audience. Even if one could imagine a test of one’s self against a standard there is still the role of the judge. Like many if not all things in life, everything is about relationship, roles, and the truth which glues them together.
I often find myself staring at the interplay of different individuals against the ever changing backdrop of life. Yesterday it was two men arguing over how many of their staff where going to survive a pending management change, almost forgettable except for the fact that the conversation occurred on an extremely long escalator in a public subway stop in London with hundreds of people trying to shield themselves from the conversation’s echo. Last week it was a game of croquet being played in front of the lunch crowd in a public square; beginners, people interested in others in the game, and those with a grudge should remember there are people watching with nothing better to do than analyze every bit of body language put out on display.
Everything moving, everything to play for; game on!
Yet I find myself carry a hope with me when I watch those I care about enter reality’s fray. The world is a dangerous place. People get hurt and can lose their life. Today brings no certainties, everything is up, ready to be touched, shifted, and moved. Yesterday’s norms, events, and trends are not absolute indicators for tomorrow or even for today. In this context the best I can offer to those I care for is a simple request of Divinity on their behalf; “Make them holy—consecrated—with the truth; your word is consecrating truth.” (John 17.17)
I don’t know what Divinity will say to you and I today. It really doesn’t matter. Yet two things are critical; the conversation and the potential for each to listen to their message. Game on.
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