Everybody, Somebody, Anybody and Nobody!
“So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then, when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable.”
I have said it before, but I love to people watch. It is something that can serve to teach all manner of lessons and it is easy to do. Just pick a public place where there are benches for people to use, such as the ones you can find in a mall or even one of those big-ticket “club” stores. Then get a cup of coffee, take a seat, relax and look. There are a million things every single person that passes can teach you. Do you see the woman with the stressed out face who is racing by? Is she just in a hurry or has she some demons waiting for her once she gets home? Look at the woman laughing and holding the hand of her laughing toddler. Is life at home just as happy for the pair as the vision you see in front of you? Over there are some teens who are talking loudly and pointing fingers at strangers. Are we seeing the class valedictorian in that number?
All too often we think we have all of the answers to life and that there is no need for us to consider that everything might not really be as easy or as simple or even as clear as it appears at first glance. What a presumptuous and arrogant people we have allowed ourselves to become. Instead of simply looking, listening and learning for those nuggets of wisdom we can glean from our interactions with others, we are really ignoring the opportunity to become just a bit “smarter” by assuming that there is nothing another can teach us! I can guarantee to you that I have yet to meet someone who couldn’t teach me a thing or two about something……anything! The key is to be willing to open yourself to this possibility, and then start by opening up your eyes and ears and closing the one thing we use far too often….our mouth!
The next step is understanding how to interpret and use the things that we are learning in the right way. Now, what is right for one may well not be what is right for another. Life is like that. Most things are subjective based on our individual needs, as well as our hopes and our dreams. The key is to try to make our integration of the information and knowledge we are discovering and our view of the world just a bit closer to God’s view of the world! That is why God has sent His Word to us.
He wants us to have a tool for understanding what He wishes for us to learn and know about the world we see when we sit and people watch! Even one of the wisest in history, King Solomon, understood that to do what He was asked, and do it in the right way, he would need God’s help in interpreting and then deciding the things he would need to do as ruler! 1 Kings 3:7-9 says, “Now, Lord my God, you have made your servant king in place of my father David. But I am only a little child and do not know how to carry out my duties.Your servant is here among the people you have chosen, a great people, too numerous to count or number. So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong. For who is able to govern this great people of yours?”
Now is the time to stop being an Everybody, Somebody, Anybody and Nobody when it comes to learning and then acting on the things you learn. If there is one thing that life has taught me, it’s that waiting for someone else to start the ball rolling or waiting for the ideal scenario to drop from the heavens into our lap ain’t going to happen! If you are proactive in your life rather than reactive, you will accomplish far more and learn more about what you are capable of accomplishing, in the process!
I happened to discover a blog written by Frank Viola, (coincidentally, written on my birthday a few years ago, which may make my discovery of it providential) that takes the Everybody, Somebody, Anybody and Nobody story we have all heard before and tweaks it in just a way to act as a reminder to people of faith that simply because they are Christians does not automatically make them exempt from membership in the Everybody, Somebody, Anybody and Nobody club! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
This is the story of four Christians whose names were,
Everybody, Somebody, Anybody and Nobody.
The house was in ruins and in need of renovation and repair.
EVERYBODY was asked to count the cost, deny themselves, put their hands to the plow and rebuild.
EVERYBODY was asked to participate and do their part.
EVERYBODY was sure that SOMEBODY would do it.
Now ANYBODY could have done it . . . but the person that ended up doing it was NOBODY.
EVERYBODY then blamed SOMEBODY when NOBODY did what ANYBODY could have done.
Then there was the need for someone to check on the progress of the rebuilding project. And SOMEBODY was asked.
But SOMEBODY was angry because ANYBODY could have done it just as well.
After all, it was really EVERYBODY‘s job. In the end, the work was given to NOBODY and NOBODY did a fine job.
On and on this went. Whenever something was to be done, NOBODY could always be counted on.
NOBODY engineered the renovation. NOBODY handled the repairs. NOBODY inspected the progress.
NOBODY was a very faithful member.
At the same time, SOMEBODY was quick to criticize EVERYBODY, pointing out their shortcomings.
But NOBODY said anything in response even though SOMEBODY was just as guilty.
Finally the day came when SOMEBODY abandoned the project altogether and took ANYBODY and EVERYBODY with him.
And the only person that was left was NOBODY.
(This post was inspired by somebody that everybody knows.)
Do not deceive yourselves. If any of you think you are wise by the standards of this age, you should become “fools” so that you may become wise.
1 Corinthians 3:18 NIV
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