That time again: 5 minute Friday. This week’s word is real.
The task: Write for 5 minutes, no fixing and fiddling, just write.
Real: actual, genuine.
Realistic: seeing or accepting things as they really are, practical.
The first eighteen years of my life were based on these ideas. I liked to stick with the facts, to look for truth, be practical; and my parents drummed into me that it is foolhardy to be anything other than realistic — one must accept things as they are.
But there is more to life than what folks like to call the real world, what we can see and touch. There is One, who John and the other apostles saw and touched, who cannot be seen or touched right now but is no less real for it (1 John 1:1–2).
The real real world is much bigger than what we can see and touch here and now. It includes wars, refugees, children and old people hiding in jungles from soldiers who should protect them. The real, real world contains ideas bigger and cleverer and stupider than any I encountered in small town Central Otago, NZ. It includes God — and evil — chariots of fire and legions of angels (see 2 Kings 6:17, Matthew 26:53).
In the real, real world there are demons in my head that will do real damage if let loose. There is selfishness in my heart that would destroy my marriage if given free reign. There is frustration and anger in my soul that will destroy my children if released. These things cannot be touched, but they touch me and those I love.
In this world I need the Jesus I cannot see or touch.
Confession: I did do a little editing after my 5 minutes. The bold and italics, headings and scripture references were all added later.
That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we looked upon and have touched with our hands, concerning the word of life—the life was made manifest, and we have seen it, and testify to it and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was made manifest to us—that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. And we are writing these things so that our joy may be complete.
(1 John 1:1-4 ESV)
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