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The Last Word

A few days ago as I was driving, I noticed a sign posted on the front lawn of a church which read “God Has The Last Word”.  My first thought was “I wonder what they are trying to convey here?  Perhaps a reference to the fact the God has the power of Life and Death?”  Then I began thinking what those words really do mean.  Of course, the Creation as well as the cessation of Life are, in fact under the control of our Creator.  But these words “God Has The Last Word” go so much further than this, if one takes a moment to really think about it.

One example that comes to my mind was when the doctors told my uncle he would never walk again.  He had cancer more than once and the chemotherapy treatments destroyed over 80% of the nerves in his legs.  So obviously, the brain could send the signals telling the legs to move but to no avail because those signals were no longer being received by those legs. There was little to no feeling there.  You could punch him in the leg and he would not feel it.  Well, I will tell you that a wise person would not tell my uncle, who was more my brother really, that he could not do something.  He rather impolitely told the doctors what they could do with their diagnosis and declared he would indeed walk again.  It took him over 2 years of self-therapy, over 2 years of standing up only to literally fall on his face in the living room of his home.  When this occurred (and it did often) he would weep tears of frustration, of anger and bitterness and then he would get up and try again. And fall again.  Finally came the day when he was able to, with a cane walk across the living room.  He wept again but this time in happiness and the satisfaction of a great accomplishment.  And when he walked, it was not a normal gait for the leg that carried some sensation had to compensate for the other leg which had none.  He always would say, “Hey, I’m not ready for the 100 hundred dash but I’m doin’ the best with what I have!”   I might add that this fine man walked for another 14 years before he was forced back into a wheelchair.  I was surprised when he broke the news to me that he would be unable to walk much longer.  You see, he had never told anyone that because of his irregular method of walking, he was slowly but steadily wearing down his hip to where it was bone against bone.  Those 14 years of walking which he bought literally by his sweat and pain and courage, all during those years he knew it was only a temporary victory.  That is how much he desired to walk once again.

“Well, that’s a moving story, to be sure!” you might say. “But it seems that your uncle was the one who had the last word”.  I suppose one could say that.  But Who was the One who gave him that stubborn, fighting spirit within that said “No! I will not let you win this one!”  You see my friends, God had the last word in that situation for He gave the gift of determination and tenaciousness to my uncle.  And because of this, Paul indeed had the last word within his heart.  The difference between him and so many others is that he chose to fight for the right and the choice of having his last word.

Does our Creator have the last word in all situations?  Of course He does.  Even on those occasions where God has been persuaded to change His mind on an issue (and that has happened), it is still He who changed His mind.  So, He simply changed the last word, as it were.  I suppose the point I was trying to make here this evening is that this whole idea of having the last word is really a matter of perception, is it not?  Perhaps having the last word is really nothing more than a concerted effort between God and ourselves.  God can do all things on His own but chooses to work through us which is really kind of great to realize.  What I mean is that since God is all-powerful and since He has the last word and since He chooses to do so through His children, we wield a degree of power. And that power used properly can change our world and all those in it.  Think about it.

I trust that what I was trying to get across was understandable or at least relatable. Sometimes what is clear in one’s mind does not translate well through the finger tips.  I thank you for muddling through this one with me and hope it blessed you in some fashion.  May your day be full and rich with joy.

William J. Thompson, Jr

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Laugh Always!

Do you know what the problem is with most folks today?  And to clarify, by “folks” I mean grown-ups.  The problem of which I speak is not a mystery really.  By and large, grown-ups (or adults, if you prefer) no longer laugh.  It seems they have forgotten how to do so.  Laughter is one of Life’s fundamentals.  But somewhere along the way in our journey to adulthood, we become grim and feel the need to be serious about our life all the time!  And in order to be serious, laughter and a happy Spirit must be put up and away on the top shelf and into the darkest of corners.  Consequently, our wide grins and our big smiles, our chuckles and laughter which we once experienced many times daily seem to fade out as we become “responsible adults”.  Happiness, humor and a care free spirit gives way to stress, worry and an often heavy heart, weighed down by the cares of Life.  I paint an accurate picture of so many of us, yes?  And that is simply how the Wheel of Life turns round and round. It is the way of the world, as they say.  Is this not correct?  To this I say, No, no and no once more!!  Nothing could be further from the truth!  This is simply the Big Lie that society has forced upon us.  I say to you this……Laugh Always!  As children, it was a natural, unstoppable reaction.  You remember, don’t you?  If not, make it a point to listen to the children around you.  You will hear it then……the laughter of a child which is purity expressed in its simplest form……unbridled happiness!  This is what we, the grown-ups of this world are lacking.  Laughter has become something that feels unnatural for so many adults today and this should not be so.

Allow me please to pose a question to you.  When would be the last time you laughed?  And I don’t mean the polite laughter that is deemed as proper by so many these days.  I am speaking of genuine laughter, the deep-down, from the gut,side-splitting laughter.  The kind of laughter where you laugh so hard that the tears run down your cheeks like rain and when you try to stop, even beg to stop, you cannot stop.  And those around you begin laughing even if they don’t really know why because laughter is contagious, as you well know.  And why is it contagious you might ask?  I believe I know why.  See if this answer rings true.  It is because Laughter is a gift, one where your heart and your Spirit join in on the chorus which causes one to desire to sing just one more verse and then another.  Laughter comes from deep within the soul and flows outward and upward like a special kind of music with lyrics all its own. You see, Laughter is the music of our soul and those around us are drawn to music always.  That is what my heart and spirit tells me to be so.

Oh and remember something else as well.  Remember when you would laugh and when the laughter finally wound it self down?  As the tears of laughter dried upon your cheeks and the soreness in your stomach ebbed away, how did you feel afterward?  Go ahead….say it!  You felt good, almost cleansed really.  Laughter does that for you, for us.  That is why it is a gift, you see.  So, for the sake of yourself and those you love as well as for the sake of our world which needs our laughter, please Laugh long, loud and always!! May you blessed in your joy and laughter, my friends!

Authored by William J. Thompson, Jr.

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