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Monday, November 14, 2005

Just sit right back and you'll hear a tale...


I’ve been thinking about Gilligan’s Island this week. It all started the other night when my wife Danell and I were watching Lost. For some reason I flashed back to this episode of Gilligan’s Island where Mr. Howell had a golf course constructed on the island. The course came complete with a bamboo golf cart and Gilligan himself serving as Mr. Howell’s personal caddy. I was talking to some our Xperience regulars on the way home from the Jeremy Camp concert about all of this. We got into this huge discussion about how the Professor could make golf carts and coconut battery packs to power the castaway’s radio but never could seem to patch that tiny hole in the boat that rested longingly on the beach of Gilligan’s Isle.

It got me thinking. The castaway’s were so much like us. They were able to function as if they were in a normal modern society. They had clothes to wear (except for Mary Ann) her’s were kind of sparse. They had social events, visits from famous celebrities, multiple chances to get off the Island, which Gilligan always managed to derail. But, they never were able to fix their main problem, the one that doomed them to the Island. They never were able to patch that hole in the Minnow.

We are surrounded by people every day that carry on life as if nothing were wrong. They go to work, they have families, they live and love and laugh just like the rest of us. But all the time they are stranded on an island from which they can’t seem to escape. An Island that places them in the company of other castaways but far from their purpose for existence, far from their Creator. What keeps them there? A gaping hole in their boat. A hole you would think they would see. A hole they can surely understand is simply repaired. Why don’t they. Because we, the viewing public, rather sit on our couches and wonder why they don’t fix the boat rather than take them the “Tar and Pitch” they need for the repairs. When’s the last time you talked to some one about the hole in their boat? This would be a good week to search for opportunities to do so.

3 Comments:

  • Jim, that's crazy that you wrote that today. Shaun and I had a conversation very similar with another church member today. I won't go into it here, but that's what we needed to read. Thanks!

    By Anonymous Brittany Martin, at 4:59 PM  

  • Hi Jim! I didnt got to go to the mall for the cell phone covers, but I'll be going on Sat. I'm excited to talk the guy down, thanks for the pointers!
    God Bless

    By Anonymous Beka Young, at 8:13 AM  

  • Sounds like your patented "unfair trading practices" lessons are out of the bag. For the record, I am not real comfortable with the idea of talking to total strangers about their holes, but that could just be me. I like the sermonette format/length, what happens to that on Saturday night? Just joshin' ya brother. I'm loving the blog. Keep up the splendid work.

    Laron

    By Anonymous WideBody, at 10:52 AM  

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