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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Think (09/02/10)

TITLE: Truisms
By Clyde Blakely
09/08/10


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“Dance all night, ya gotta pay the fiddler.” This was not what I wanted to hear as I was almost crawling to the breakfast table. Our team won a big Friday game and after the dance my friends and I continued to celebrate late into the night. My weekend job started at 7 AM. It wasn’t so much what Dad said but more the smile he said it with. He was an adult, i.e. “old”, what would he know about having fun?

Dad seemed to have a truism for every circumstance.

A friend of mine started hanging around with the “wrong crowd” and was picked up with them after being caught in some mischief. “Birds of a feather flock together.” Dad didn’t know my friend very well, I did. The law didn’t know him either and they all received the same punishment. Even so, my friend still hung with this group. Perhaps I really didn’t know my friend that well after all. This started me considering about his little sayings.

Hearing of a friend leaving their spouse for someone else brought to mind this saying: The grass always looks greener on the other side of the fence. I added something of my own: But the person before thought it was brown. Sometimes what looks like a “better deal” needs a lot more thought.

Dad had one saying that I believe was perhaps his original: God gave man a brain to use and if he doesn’t use it, it’s not God’s fault. In other words: Think! His truism helped guide his life. Jesus said, I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No man comes to the Father but my Me. (John 14:6) I counted over 70 times in the gospels where Jesus said, “I tell you the truth.” Jesus loved telling truths (truisms), just look at the Beatitudes. Believing Jesus’ truths fits right in with Dad’s “using one’s mind” saying.

I developed one of my own truisms a few years ago. In the healthcare profession, I deal with life and death daily. It really adds perspective to one’s life. A friend and I were talking about a recent death and wondering whether the person was a Christian. The resuscitation effort had been messing and not successful, the families were called and coming in. In times like these it’s nice to know how to approach grieving families; do they have hope of seeing their loved one again? My friend mentioned she often pondered her own death.

Without really thinking about it I said, “Death, it’s what I’ve lived for all my life.” We all will die but, for the Christian, we live our lives in preparation for the next. Death is only a passage to life eternal with our Saviour.

Death, it’s what we live for all our life! Think about it.


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Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 09/09/10
I enjoyed all of your father's sayings. Your truism reminded me of a teacher who used to say "It's a tough life we'll never get out of it alive. You had a couple of typos here and there messing instead of messy but it's really no big deal , I groaned this morning when I saw the typos in my piece. The main thing is you really gave me a lot to think about, things I need to think about. Thanks for sharing.