Would Dr. Seuss ‘Google’ in a Boat?

“I would not eat them here or there

I would not eat them anywhere.

I would not eat green eggs and ham.

I do not like them Sam I Am.”

Ah, yes. Dr. Seuss. Many of us have grown up reading and hearing his stories. Green Eggs and Ham no doubt chief among them all. Did you know that his stories were designed to teach vocabulary words?

Knowing this original intention, as a boy, would have ruined the whole experience for me.

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Fully Aware and Actively Engaged (The Good Life, Pt. 4)

You know when you have been in the company of someone who listens.  Simply being around them is a blessing of immense and vast depth.  It’s as if you’ve been refreshed. Washed by cool spring waters of nourishing clarity.   To hear and respond is both fundamentally relational and vitally human.  They are the signature affections of creation and the singular hope of humankind.

They are affections we would do well to nurture today!  Indeed, those who have gone before us found that nurturing an affection for hearing and responding developed a state of awareness in life providing hope and leading to worship; even in the midst of conflicting and confusing times.

Those who have gone before us also found that these affections, when nurtured, lead to a fully aware and actively engaged life.  They lead, in other words, to the good life!

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The Good Life and The “God With Us” Gospel (Pt. 3)!

Every culture clamors for wisdom.

From Socrates to George Bernard Shaw, cultural shakers and shapers have always  pitched wisdom; hoping to provide a pathway for a life well lived.

Modern experience concedes the point: we all long for a better way of life.  We all long for the good life – a Life Well Lived.  We will give just about anything to obtain this good life we seek.

Want a better home? . . . move here.

Want a better kid? . . . take this parenting course.

Want  a better career? . . . enroll today in our can’t miss course.

Want a better faith? . . . . 

bigger, better, more/bigger, better, more/repeat

Each  slogan makes subtle claims on wisdom.  Indeed, we pride ourselves on being the smartest, wisest person in the room as well as the smartest, wisest people on the planet.

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Born For More! Created For Meaning! Designed For Eternity!

More than twenty years ago Freddy Mercury hauntingly asked the world, “Who wants to live forever?” (here, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5L8-FTvSVxs).

According to the Fall Out Boys, we all do.

That is, at least, what their iconic hit Centuries envisions:

Some legends are told
Some turn to dust or to gold
But you will remember me
Remember me for centuries


Centuries packs quite a punch (here, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LBr7kECsjcQ). A punch that is felt in a host of ways.  From the driving guitar riffs, which lie just beneath the surface of the song’s teeming waters of longing for legend to the bass drum’s rhythmic mimicking of the human heart: its punch delivers a guttural experience!!

The song’s punch and popularity caught the ear of ESPN executives, who promptly leveraged its potency to entrench America’s inaugural college football playoff in the hearts and heads of the worldwide community.

Given the way we worship and idolize athletics, Centuries was a slam dunk for the megalomaniacs over at ESPN. The song, however, contains a message with far greater meaning than our modern day fascination with fumbles and first downs allows. Its driving guitar riffs alone pack a punch more powerful than the meager and monetary aspirations of the sporting world’s elite.

Pete Wentz, bassist for the immensely popular band, hints at that deeper message, suggesting that we all long for more in life; desiring a richer, more meaningful existence. He employs both contemporary and ancient images to capture the heart of the song when he says,

‘Centuries’ goes back to that David versus Goliath idea. Even U2 had to start somewhere! For the most part, a lot of legendary tales start from humble beginnings. People tend to forget that.’

Hmm . . .

Legendary tales start from humble beginnings.

Sounds a little like the Gospel story; the ancient story suggesting that we are

  1. Born for more.
  2. Created for meaning.
  3. Designed for eternity.

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