We close our eyes and whisper words before a meal. We kneel down beside our beds, bow our heads, and speak to someone we don’t even see. We see our loved ones in pain, and we call out to someone that no one can see. Do our prayers actually matter? Are we just mumbling words to make ourselves feel better.
It’s a relevant question. Some of you will be repulsed my such a question. Some of you will say “Thank goodness someone is asking it besides me”. But if you stop and think, it’s a really good question.
When we pray, do we see the one we’re praying to? Do we hear their actual audible voice answer us. No, we don’t. But, do we need to?
There is an unspoken language in the world that exists. This language is spoke between humans, between animals and humans, in “intuition” about a situation, and between nature and us.
How many times have you stood face to face with an animal and could see their intentions in their face? How many times have we looked at a baby and felt immense peace? How many times have we looked up into the sky and the twinkle of a star gave us hope? That’s communication.
Sometimes we can feel a conversation and not a word is spoken. Sometimes we can feel love without any sort of contact. Often times, more than we even realize, the unspoken language is spoken and we participate in the conversation.
Isn’t that how God communicates with us? We don’t hear his audible voice and we don’t speak to his visible face, but we communicate with him.
Next time you doubt there is a God, and if there is if He listens to you, go outdoors and look around. Watch a bird land in a tree and sing a song. Watch a dragonfly dart around in opposing directions. Watch the clouds float overhead. If that’s not enough, spend five minutes outside at night. Watch the moon shine bright on the sky and trees around you. Watch the stars as they twinkle. Listen as the crickets and frogs serenade through the darkness. Then ask yourself this question. Is this all an accident?
Soon the closets will open and the favorite jersey will come off the hanger. The tailgaters will start pitching their tents. The corn hole boards will be propped up. The poster board that will become College GameDay signs will be purchased. The final cutting of the field will be completed. The tickets will be double-checked. The radios will be tuned to the local sports station. The crowds will start making their way toward the stadium. The fans at home will get their snacks together and the remote ready. The guys will get their favorite hat. The kids will throw and kick footballs around the yard. Famous secret recipes will be cooked. Chili will steam off of the kitchen stove. Restaurants will fill with hyper fans. Then, kickoff is just moments away.
The champion sign at Notre Dame will reverberate again. The hill at Clemson will prepare for the rush. The giant T at Tennessee will open up. The i will be topped at Ohio. The roar of a tiger will fill the air at LSU. The Roooolllll Tiiide will echo in Alabama. The blinding yellow and green of Oregon will fill the field. The spear and Seminole will ride at Florida State. The jump and touch of the banner will commence at Michigan. The sword will pierce the field at USC. The chomp will bite at Florida. The Woooo! Pig Sooie! will squeal at Arkansas.
The players will fill the tunnels with their hearts in their throats. The coaches will check their game plan again. The cheer teams will practice one last time. The referees will test their whistle before the players line up. The kicker will vision where he wants the ball to go. The sideline will jump with excitement as the moment nears. The fans will stand and hold their breath. The excitement will crest as the kickoff is imminent. The kicker will raise his hand, lower it, and step forward. It’s college football season again.
This is why College Football is better.
I have tried to figure something out that absolutely amazes me. In fact, I don’t think there is an answer for it. It is one of the wonders of the world that escapes the answers of the wisest of men. What is it? Women and purses.
I just don’t get it. They have blue ones. They have gray ones. They have blue ones with gray. They have ones with pockets. They have ones without pockets. They have one that goes with only one dress (that they haven’t worn in seven years). Is there an answer to the madness?
I’ve given it some deep thought and I know the answer. It’s because they’re messing with our (the men’s) mind. It’s a psychology tactic to get us to go insane. It’s part of a mastermind to get us to go crazy. If you think about it, there is no need for it.
They only need two purses. One gray one and one black one. Those two colors will go with everything. Each purse should have plenty of pockets on the outside. One of the pockets needs a big “C” imprinted on it so they’ll know that’s where the cell phone is, so they can answer it before it quits ringing.
As a guy, I have one wallet. Everything I need is in that wallet; my debit card, my credit card, my insurance card, and some folded up receipts that I don’t why they’re still in there. That’s all I need. I don’t need a piece of luggage to carry with me everywhere I go. Every day is not a trip. If I go on a trip, I’ll take my luggage. Otherwise, I leave it at home.
Now, after saying all of that, I want to make sure and mention the things that guys need that are in a totally different category. In fact, it is in no way related to the purse example I have eloquently explained above. It’s a totally different category.
Cell Phone: Every one to two years, we HAVE to get a new cell phone. It’s not that we want it. It’s that technology has so drastically changed that we won’t be able to communicate unless we update. As we get older, our eyes are not as good as they used to be so we need a bigger screen. As our music collection grows, we need more space to keep it on the phone. We also need more apps so that we can be more productive in our days.
Cars: It’s an absolute must to upgrade cars every so often. We don’t “want” a new yellow Transformers Edition Camaro. We “need” it. It is the most advanced piece of machinery on earth. By having Bumblebee with us everywhere we go, we are ensuring the safety of our loved ones and ourselves. You never know when Megatron will show up and try to blow up the world. We HAVE to have the yellow Special Edition Camaro. It’s a must.
Gadgets: I could have detailed it more, but “gadgets” covers a lot of necessities that guys need. For the sake of time, I’ll mention one: A solar charger for our cell phones. What if the world entered World War III and we couldn’t charge our cell phones. What would we do? In comes the solar powered cell phone charger. It doesn’t matter that we never go camping and that we’re always close to a wall outlet. It’s all about preparation. We NEED this in order to protect ourselves and our families. We may need to call Optimus Prime in case Bumblebee get’s hurt. We’ve got to have this.
TV’s: Every few years, technology has a major breakthrough that shifts the entire world. What is it? The overall size and thickness of flatscreen TV’s. As they get wider and thinner, we HAVE to upgrade. Sports is how many men communicate. We don’t ask about the weather. We don’t ask about the news. We ask “Did you see that game Saturday?”. Therefore, in order to talk business with other men, we have to see every aspect of sports.
Here’s a hidden tip: The TV screen only shows part of the action. It limits what you can see. Therefore, in order to see what is outside of the screen and out of view, we HAVE to get a bigger TV.
One hundred and forty people are on top of Mt. Everest at this very moment. Each of them have something very much in common with the other. They each have passion. They each have ambition. They each have the desire to overcome all obstacles and climb the world’s tallest mountain. However, none of these things is what they most have in common. What is it then? They are all dead.
In the middle of chasing their dream and doing the impossible, something went wrong.
Maybe the storm got too strong. Maybe they didn’t heed the warnings and tried for the summit despite warnings they should wait. Maybe something else happened entirely. Some of the stories we may know, some we will never know.
This we know for sure; they tried. They’ve already made more progress than many of us. We think about doing this or doing that, but that’s as far as we get. These people were in the action phase and were trying. They were further along than many of us are.
In fact, many of us are sitting in our chairs reading this and are more dead than they are. Many of them are more alive than any of us will be. Unless we make a choice.
Today is the day the choice is to be made. Will you make the choice to be alive? It may not be easy and it may take some work, but are you willing to take the chance to be alive or is being a walking graveyard enough for you?
It’s your choice.
What are you going to do about it?