TRUTH or DARE ~to live without it!

I’m working on writing a sketch to perform for an upcoming event and it has me thinking…  truth

To integrate with the speaker, the requested concept for the piece is about the lies that entangle us on any given day, and the hope/peace/joy/freedom we find when we can refute the lies and turn back to the TRUTH.  Although this one is basic for me within the framework of my personal faith journey, it’s difficult to write a sketch about TRUTH that doesn’t seem too cheesy.  I know how many people out there struggle with wavering doubts– that maybe TRUTH itself is relative, as the world would have us believe.  And let’s be honest here, the greatest philosophers through the ages have disagreed over this one; who am I to imagine I can share the spark that suddenly illuminates long-held views with a simple drama (or a brief blog) on the subject?

I don’t think I’ll ever forget how in teaching Milton’s “Areopagitica” each year, my high school speech coach would select a willing student seated somewhere in the middle of the class to stand on her desk representing Milton’s idea of Truth.  Then, seated around her, the rest of the students would recognize the same “Truth” could look very different dependent on the person’s perspective (again an explanation that Truth is a relative concept, not an absolute ).

The sad thing is, it is not only our educational systems, the media, and our government who profess the validity of various versions of Truth, but many churches and religious leaders are so invested in remaining a part of our PC culture, they’re afraid to stand firm and make waves. So what are we left with?  A watered down faith with no dependable foundation?   Think about it!  Isn’t “partially true” akin to being “sorta pregnant”?  TRUTH doesn’t grow, mix with falsehood, or give us something “nice” to hold on to. TRUTH Is.  Distortions and different points of view don’t come from the source of TRUTH but from the observer– broken humanity.  And without it, we’re like little demi-gods who run around thinking we’re all that until something happens to shake us to the core, leaving us completely lost, confused, and scared.  When we anchor our lives on work, or success, or people, or even tangible evidence/facts, at some point we will be challenged to the depths of our being!

This is the world of Pilate, the man depicted in scripture and portrayed in the film,  “The Passion of Christ”.   In the movie, a troubled Pilate asks his wife, Claudia about TRUTH and if there really is such a thing.  Touching his face gently she responds, “if you don’t hear it, I can’t tell you.”

This is the TRUTH I stake my life on every day– God is good and He is in control. He delights in me, and will not allow anything in my life that He can’t bring good out of it.

How about you?  With the absence of certain, absolute TRUTH, where do you anchor your life to withstand the storms?  Puts a whole new spin on”Truth or Dare” doesn’t it?

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Choosing to Wake Up!

Have you ever arrived at your destination only to realize you don’t remember driving there?  Have you ever spent so much time planning for a big event that you remember the to-do lists more than the actual day?  How much of our lives do we miss because we’re too busy or too pre-occupied to notice?  We can get so caught up in regretting our yesterdays and obsessing over our tomorrows that we lose sight of the gift of today! Think about it– when was the last time you went on vacation without checking your email or Facebook?  When was the last time you took a leisurely walk without your cell phone?

About a year and a half ago I wrote a sketch for Drawing Water about a couple of busy bees, and I’ve thought about them quite a bit over the last couple of days…

“You know how thingz are… I’m supervizing a dozen novices out there and I only have five eyez…add to that mapping dutiez, pollination schedulez, scouting assignments, and nectar transfers–let’s just say my dance card is filled for the seazon!”–from Buzz.  

While the message is far too relatable, it can be so hard to practice what you preach!  We fool ourselves into thinking this is just a busy season…”When I finish that next big project…” or “When the kids go back to school…” or “When I have some money in the bank, THEN I’ll slow down.  THEN I’ll be fully awake and present.”  But that’s a lie… THEN never seems to come because there’s always a new When

The reality is, our time here is short; we’re not promised endless tomorrows. There’s a speech Emily delivers in the third act of Thornton Wilder’s play, “Our Town” in which she painfully recognizes how many moments we waste–never really noticing, never really listening, never really experiencing the joy in them.  I’m just as guilty of this as the next person; I take so much for granted.  Even though I’m only working part-time from home, it’s amazing how busy I can get– thinking my productivity is so important, and all the while losing sight of today.  I half listen to my children & my husband when I’m making dinner or working on some creative idea or plan… In my sleep my thoughts are racing, and sometimes even my quiet time with God suffers because I have a hard time focusing on His presence when I’m not all there myself!

I don’t want to sleepwalk through my life.  I don’t want to miss out on any of it.  Maybe this busyness epidemic isn’t a state of necessary activity at all as the world would have us believe, but actually just a state of mind.

“There are risks in the field but I think it’s worth it…I mean I feel so alive–taking the time to smell the flowerz.  It’s like we’re closer to the Great Beekeeper out there, you know?”