When I played high school basketball, I wore #13 on my jersey. Today is post #13. Some hotels do not have a 13th floor. There is a floor 12 and 14, but not 13. But this is silly, right? There is a floor 13. Floor 14 is floor 13. Just because you call it something different doesn’t make it any less so. Oh, wait a minute—I am now talking about truth. Floor 14 is floor 13 no matter what symbol you use. Besides, the “4” is just a linguistic symbol that human beings have created to signify a certain quantity. Thus, it is just an organized collection of marks meant to communicate a particular quantity. Thus, you can call the 13th floor, “floor 14” or “Miami,” but it doesn’t change the fact that the 13th floor is the 13th floor. I could say it like this: the truth is that you can call it whatever you want, but the 13th floor is still the next floor up from the 12th. I hope that this has truly changed your life. 🙂
In a letter to his brother, Warne, the 22-year old C.S. Lewis wrote the following about a man being engaged to be married: “engaged—that fatal tomb of all lively and interesting men.” Yikes. Even Lewis must be read with care. Of course, he would be surprised by Joy (also the title of his autobiography)—an American lady—decades later. I don’t think it made him less interesting, but more!
Psalms 5:3 “In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly.” I know some people are morning birds and others are late night owls. But in the Psalms, one cannot help but finding references to prayer in the morning over and over and over. What do you do to take a minute, breathe, and connect with Jesus before the rush begins?