It’s been an interesting week in the news—or, at least, on my news feed.
Birmingham and Atlanta, paralyzed by winter storms…The State of the Union Address…American Idol auditions…The Phoenix Open…Richard Sherman re-rants… Peyton Manning… a trip to Rome, GA, to see “the fam”…a new song or two…almost getting the caramel cake icing right.
I didn’t say it was MSNBC. It was just some of the headline news on my screen. What did your news feed look like? What were the lead stories? What stories bumped other stories or interrupted regularly scheduled programming? In a week or so, which ones will you still remember?
Scripture would suggest that God—even with unlimited memory—just lets go of a lot of what happens over time. It’s just not worth saving. Unfortunately, so much of what we do and say and buy, and labor over, and worry about, and invest in—time-wise and money-wise—probably won’t make The Editor-in-Chief’s “Remotely Important” list.
A Shakespearean title comes to mind: “Much Ado About Nothing.”
Rescuing people trapped on gridlocked interstates; taking care of children who can’t leave school; hosting total strangers in churches and homes? Something.
Spending tens of thousands of people-hours and, billions of dollars on food and tickets and travel and security and pre-game and halftime rehearsals—for yet another non-competitive Super Disappointment? Nothing.
With all the amazingly important options out there—most of which cost little or nothing in monetary terms—we human beings keep going back to the same old “Nothing” bin and trying to make something out of nothing.
Late breaking news… “Actor/Oscar winner, Philip Seymore Hoffman, found in NYC apartment, dead of apparent drug overdose at age 47.” Amazing talent. Hyper-successful. Respected by his peers. Loved by a beautiful life partner and mother of his three great kids. And heroin. It’s just a shame—all that “something” lost to a “nothing.”
The Dalai Lama wrote, “The planet does not need more successful people. The planet desperately needs more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers and lovers of all kinds.”
I would paraphrase that wisdom: “WE do not need to be more successful people. We desperately need to be peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers and lovers of all kinds.”
Yes, desperately. The Nothing’s are killing us.