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These things I can do

Had a bit of a health scare yes­ter­day. Prepped for my clos­ing shift; set out the door for my daily dose of pub­lic trans­porta­tion thrills … and had to turn back toward home a few min­utes into my usual twenty minute walk, as short­ness of breath and over­whelm­ing fatigue took cen­ter stage. Most unusual, in that I’ve never had the slight­est trace of asthma. Caught my breath and a bit of energy some time after very slowly walk­ing home, but def­i­nitely not how I’d planned to start the day.

Think­ing back on it, I’m still not sure what set off the inci­dent. What it accom­plished was remind­ing me of a few facts, one being that I’m now enter­ing the sea­son of life where one need be mind­ful of fam­ily his­tory regard­ing heart attacks, namely the plen­ti­ful nature thereof. Obvi­ously it wasn’t one, given how I’m presently present, but still. Faith­fully take your blood pres­sure med­i­cine (I do) and watch the stress (okay, so I’m bat­ting .500).

With­out either becom­ing mor­bid or fran­ti­cally run­ning around like a moron try­ing to accom­plish all my life goals before lunch tomor­row, it’s good to have a sense of urgency regard­ing what needs to be done. Have I chat­ted with that friend lately. Have I both told and shown those I love the love I hold for them. Am I actively ful­fill­ing the Great Com­mis­sion to tell oth­ers of Christ’s love in word and more impor­tantly deed. These things I can do; indeed, these things I must do despite my rum­bling bum­bling stum­bling fum­bling human­ity. If these together are not the cen­tral theme, life is an unbal­anced gyroscope.

This ties into why I con­stantly beat the clas­sic Chris­t­ian rock drum. It’s not a job; I haven’t seen a dime for writ­ing about it since my last pay­ing gig free­lanc­ing for a music mag­a­zine in 1994, and I will never sell enough copies of my book to recoup expenses, let alone earn any­thing. Rather, it’s because I have to. It’s my oblig­a­tion. Every­thing else, includ­ing (gasp!) pol­i­tics, runs second.

Yes, it’s irk­some when I see writ­ers who, all false mod­esty aside, can’t hold a can­dle to me end­lessly pro­mote them­selves while receiv­ing lav­ish praise for their lat­est two bit entry in the great con­ser­v­a­tive new media cir­cle jerk. They don’t change any­thing. They don’t influ­ence pub­lic pol­icy. They do pre­cious lit­tle edu­ca­tion save for the truly unin­formed. That said, it is what it is, to res­ur­rect that extra­or­di­nar­ily overused expres­sion of some years ago. Far bet­ter to do what it is I am called to do, let­ting oth­ers deal with the con­se­quences of their own actions.

There are times when we need a reminder — say, a health scare — tak­ing us back where we need to be and back to what we need to be doing. I can’t change the world. I can’t, or at the least haven’t to date, con­vince nearly enough peo­ple to lis­ten to and actively sup­port music designed and ded­i­cated as God’s lan­guage. But these things I can do: what I’m sup­posed to, and what I am able to do. So may it ever be.

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Had a bit of a health scare yesterday. Prepped for my closing shift; set out the door for my daily dose of public transportation thrills … and had to turn back toward home a few minutes into my usual twenty minute walk, as shortness of breath and overwhelming fatigue took center stage. Most unusual, in that I’ve never had the slightest trace of asthma. Caught my breath and a bit of energy some time after very slowly walking home, but definitely not how I’d planned to start the day.

Thinking back on it, I’m still not sure what set off the incident. What it accomplished was reminding me of a few facts, one being that I’m now entering the season of life where one need be mindful of family history regarding heart attacks, namely the plentiful nature thereof. Obviously it wasn’t one, given how I’m presently present, but still. Faithfully take your blood pressure medicine (I do) and watch the stress (okay, so I’m batting .500).

Without either becoming morbid or frantically running around like a moron trying to accomplish all my life goals before lunch tomorrow, it’s good to have a sense of urgency regarding what needs to be done. Have I chatted with that friend lately. Have I both told and shown those I love the love I hold for them. Am I actively fulfilling the Great Commission to tell others of Christ’s love in word and more importantly deed. These things I can do; indeed, these things I must do despite my rumbling bumbling stumbling fumbling humanity. If these together are not the central theme, life is an unbalanced gyroscope.

This ties into why I constantly beat the classic Christian rock drum. It’s not a job; I haven’t seen a dime for writing about it since my last paying gig freelancing for a music magazine in 1994, and I will never sell enough copies of my book to recoup expenses, let alone earn anything. Rather, it’s because I have to. It’s my obligation. Everything else, including (gasp!) politics, runs second.

Yes, it’s irksome when I see writers who, all false modesty aside, can’t hold a candle to me endlessly promote themselves while receiving lavish praise for their latest two bit entry in the great conservative new media circle jerk. They don’t change anything. They don’t influence public policy. They do precious little education save for the truly uninformed. That said, it is what it is, to resurrect that extraordinarily overused expression of some years ago. Far better to do what it is I am called to do, letting others deal with the consequences of their own actions.

There are times when we need a reminder – say, a health scare – taking us back where we need to be and back to what we need to be doing. I can’t change the world. I can’t, or at the least haven’t to date, convince nearly enough people to listen to and actively support music designed and dedicated as God’s language. But these things I can do: what I’m supposed to, and what I am able to do. So may it ever be.