The other day, Kicesie did a VLOG that said something about people being paradoxes. That most people, when they reveal something deep about themselves, will have conflicts, that there lives will be paradoxical.
And then a few minutes later, I viewed another video (embedded below).
The imbedded file has a bunch of people with things written on their palms. I think someone in YouTube-land challenged people to communicate what is important to themselves in one word, one thought, one message. Kicesie is a bright young student, but she is young. When I was twenty-one, I was full of contradictions myself.
As I have matured, some of the things which were less important faded in my life. Some of the things that were important have become more important. It sort of occurred to me in Church this Sunday – the priest was talking about one of Jesus' parables (Luke 14: 25 - 33). For those of you who don't know, the Catholic Church has standard Missal Readings so that most Catholic Churches are reading from the same Bible passages each week.
Anyway, the verses end with "so therefore, whoever of you does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple." A Bible quote that basically is close to the YouTube challenge – have one priority, and in Jesus' case, it is renouncing all except God. Now I don't want to convert anyone with this blog entry – I will leave that to ~deb. Besides, an attractive Christian lesbian is much more likely to convert someone to Christianity anyway.
In today's society, we have lots of choices. More choices for pizza, more choices for movies (when I was a kid, once a movie was not in theaters, you could not see it; now, you can rent it in several formats, get it from a dish, see it on cable), more choices period. These choices make noise, and I think some of us have trouble removing the noise.
Getting back to the YouTube example, these people could write anything on their palms, and yet, they sifted through all of the things they believe in and decided on a word, perhaps two or three, that mean the most to them.
Now, some will say that a word or two is simplistic. That life is much more complicated than that. Perhaps life is really that simple. Perhaps, for some of us, life can be summed up in a few chosen words.
And the chosen words don't have to be spiritual in nature. It would have been my choice, but it does not mean it has to be the choice.
And my phrase: "Moving towards God". But explaining that phrase will have to wait for another day.