Are we there yet?
Whatever the answer you give, you know the question is going to come up again and again until the answer is the one that the listener is looking to here. The only variation changing with time is the intensity and dysfunction that comes between your answer and the listener’s ability and willingness to understand anything other than a predetermined choice. One might think the subject is limited to travel. It isn’t!
Are you making this up? I don’t understand.
Repeating the sequence, one wonders which part of the English language was not clear, succinct, and precise. After the fourth and fifth process cycle you realize the ability and willingness to hear is the same as everyone’s first “are we there yet” conversation. With the cycle in an endless, pointless, and wearing pattern of repetition, it would be easy to understand why anyone would just give up. I found myself in a conversation yesterday that was right on the wall of extreme decisions. As I look over the edge and understood the alternatives the choice was far more threatening than I realized.
§ Giving up on the goal leaves one stranded in the middle of no-where. You know too much to go back and you still haven’t arrived.
§ Leaving someone you know stranded in the muck of yesterday is not the way communities win; in fact the cost to the soul suggests everyone will lose no matter how you keep score.
§ There is an answer, somewhere and in some language, that satisfies the immediate, and frees one to carry on to the destination.
So, the question of yesterday is today’s. When the umpteen repeat was given to Jesus he tried again. “When you raise up the Son of Man, then you will know who I am—that I'm not making this up, but speaking only what the Father taught me. The One who sent me stays with me. He doesn't abandon me. He sees how much joy I take in pleasing him.” (John 8.28, 29) It worked.
Today’s opportunity is clear.
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