Chuck Those Shades

Bob Snyder cited Isaiah 43:18-19 in yesterday’s In the Journey. His provocative writing always stimulates me, but this piece grabbed me by the throat.

Bob quoted ESPN sports personality Ron Jaworski: “We have too many historians and not enough pioneers. Critiquing the past without investing work and creativity into future solutions is harmful.” Bob commented: Today’s world is filled with people who critique past events with gusto and confidence, but few who courageously tackle problem-solving.  Obviously, understanding history and learning from my mistakes is important. It is also important to remember that God is in my future.

Mia culpa. I often gab about the ills of today’s church leaders and politicians, generating a lot of smoke but no light. The big world doesn’t give a hoot what I think, but maybe a few in my small circle do. Consider Isaiah’s words: “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing. Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”

God remains in full control. Nothing is new in our messy world; Church leaders and politicians have always squabbled, for the Church and politics are sheer sociology–the alpha wolf thing. Leaders rise and fall; empires come and go; signs of the times repeat over and over; all the while God’s plan continues unabated.Our task is to live out the Christ life day by day, loving each other and serving needs around us, reveling in the the Spirit’s constant Presence.

I can’t do a thing about Congress except vote and complain. I can do something for the curly-headed black lad who came with foster Grandma this morning to deliver Meals on Wheels. We stood together by the fish tank watching colorful critters swim about. We especially liked the ugly brown one vacuuming the gravelly bottom. We fist bumped.

If the light dancing in a child’s eyes doesn’t dispel the gloom from your day, chuck those shades.

Old Grandpa Lloyd