Not everyone goes with this affirmation. Truth. Some people resist being helped. Some even chortle, “Desist what you’re doing.”
The lesson in this…consider some people cul-de-sacs, and move on.
I learned this playing baseball. There were some hitters I could never get out. Remember my first college game…and yes, it wasn’t intentional, but the best hitter on the California Bears freshman team—I swear, at least the image was when he twisted his hands on the bat handle, sawdust fell at the plate! [Hey, imagination is functioning here!] I threw a fast ball…hit him in the ankle like a bowling ball smashing a pin. Down he went. Out he went.
Three weeks later we played at our university, and Mr. Sawdust came to the plate. Fire in his eyes. A new image, smoke rising from his eyebrows and sawdust still falling. I tried to be clever…a new pitch, called the slider. BAM. He hit that against the fence…420 feet away.
He had my number. The next three times he came to the plate…well, he walked. Wanted nothing to do with him.
Well, in a way, that’s life imaging. Not everyone wants help. And there are some people who detest it.
But as Andrew’s college basketball coach, with intention if not creativity, advised them every game, win or lose, “Keep On Keeping On.”
On this day, I started with the block affirmation and I end with Tom Ehrich…because he gets the essence.
Live with fullness and awareness. Do what we can to help others. And. Then. Move. On.
And know the call to life is to live fully, knowing we are not stranger to God. See others as persons, open our heart and behave with kindness.
“What will alignment with God mean? I don’t think we can imagine alignment in its entirety. Only Jesus ever showed full oneness with God. But we can see glimpses of standing with God when we look past bigotry and see others as persons; when we open our hearts and homes to people unlike ourselves; when we behave with kindness in an age that applauds cruelty; when we reconsider the thousand easy ways of collaborating with evil.” Tom Ehrich