I had lunch with a couple of friends the other day. While we were waiting for our food to get to the table, we talked about how life was going—all the good and bad—and vented to each other, as friends do (not that either of them could have done anything about my problems, nor could I do anything about theirs).
It wasn’t long before God came up in the conversation. We discussed his role in our daily lives—does he really care about small things, or just the big picture? How much does he intervene on our behalf?
We talked about a lot of things that aren’t easily answered. Then it struck me to ask this question:
“Why are we Christians in the first place?”
I don’t know about you, but a lot of people have made me angry. I’m not talking about just being upset with them for a little while—I mean being angry to the point of almost hating them.
Yeah, I’ve heard you should forgive and forget, but quite honestly, I never thought that was realistic. Maybe it’s the right thing to do, but it’s also one of the most difficult.
Do you enjoy things you aren’t good at doing?
I don’t, either.
When I went to college for music, I remember taking a class called Sight-Singing. I’m not making this up, it’s a real class, and a required course for music majors. It was designed to teach you how to learn a song you had never heard before by helping you hear each part as it should be played. It’s the same concept as learning new words by sounding them out.
I was great at hearing the parts of songs in my head—though sometimes they did get drowned out by the voices—and could pick most of them out on a piano or guitar without a lot of difficulty. But this class forced me to do something I couldn’t do well at all.
Now, you can imagine that if a class is called Sight-Singing, then singing will eventually come into play. It did, and it didn’t take long.
I don’t know about you, but I think the word communication is becoming obsolete. In fact, I don’t know if anyone knows what the word means anymore.
For some, communication means a chain of twenty or more text messages. For others, it means responding to a voicemail with an email instead of a phone call.
And for most contractors in my town, it means ignoring you completely.