Pickups and Splashes from Floor and Pool

“Karen Faulkner may be hot copy in the fifth grade, but uptown she don’t mean a thing,” said the Barn to enterprising Opie regarding his newspaper’s features.  For the youngster to increase demand, he would have to belt readers with human interest stories from every John Doe between Mayberry and Timbuktu.  What was truth then is true now, times over.  To increase traffic, the media must grab our attention through dramatic means though they fail of their promises.  It must be done with ruthless (albeit inaccurate) speed, and everyone loves dirty laundry.

If we know the “blonde from a bottle,” let’s have her name.  Others want to know, too.  Embarrassing the newsworthy is high sport.  In fact, some are newsworthy precisely because they have been embarrassed.  Fifteen minutes of fame is better than nothing, though, and certain will enjoy the limelight for any reason.  Attention is attention.  We like to be written up, even if it’s just that one time.

In the search for relevance, people will exploit and be exploited.  No go is too low if the goal is cash or coverage.  People want to be significant if not singular, and this is not an entirely bad thing.  It’s easy to frame the striver as self-centered, but it’s hard to accomplish anything if you are not driven.  Still, it’s not virtuous to be famous.

The deserving and desirable deserve declaration.  When Scripture urges us to think on things which are pure and praiseworthy, I am convinced it means more than meditating on righteousness.  I believe it is our encouragement to think positively in so far as we are able.  In other words, if I can take a positive view of things, I ought to do it.  This does not mean I overlook or downplay sin, only that I look and hope for the best. 

In our sin-cursed world, we see the handiwork of God.  For all their faults, the Heavenly Father deemed people worth saving, and we should esteem our fellows as His creations and our brethren.  I blush as I recall words carelessly used or misspoken.  How easily they fell from my lips.  You can’t unring a bell.

Jesus was full of grace and truth.  Honesty personified, He was yet kind and protective of the shamed and hurting.  Our times are fascinated with spectacle, never mind collateral damage.  The Bible instructs us to guard one another’s reputations and support the weakest of our lot considering ourselves debtors even to the unwise.

As we promote others for their good, each should humbly resist the pull of self-gratification and glorification.  Jesus said the God who sees in secret rewards in open fashion those who please Him.  It takes faith to commit our fortunes and futures to God, but that is exactly the way we please the Father.  We are not to sound a trumpet announcing our good deeds, nor shine an unforgiving light on the misdeeds of others.

It’s easy to pick up pieces from brokenness and make a splash in a calm pool.  It is more difficult to heal a fractured spirit and mend a broken heart.


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