Well, hello there! If you noticed that flash of light and smoke from behind me, don’t you worry—it’s from where I’ve been…or…or…is it from where I am now? I can never remember that. Whichever it is, it’s not important; if it was important, I’d remember it, right? Well anyway, since you’re still here, I’ll let you in on a little secret—that is, if you keep it between you and me. You will? Okay, here goes.
I’m a time traveler. That’s right, a time traveler. It’s exactly how it sounds. I travel through time. I’ve been all around the world from Kamchatka to Kalamazoo, and I guess you could say I’ve been all around the clock, too. It’s been quite a ride. My favorite thing to do is to watch people and try to understand what makes them tick and what their lives are about. I observe them for awhile to see if I can tell what’s important to them. Hey, there’s that word again!
What’s that, you have a question? Why don’t I just ask them what’s important to them? That’s a very good question; it sure would make it easier, wouldn’t it? Well, I can’t just ask them because people don’t always tell the truth. Sure, some are outright liars, but not most of them. No, most of them just don’t know how they appear. They think they appear one way, but they live another way. So if I ask them what they value, they say one thing but do another. And isn’t it really what we do that matters? That’s why I stopped asking. I didn’t want the answer they told me; I wanted the answer they showed me.
Here’s what I mean. One day I jumped way back to about 1400 BC to ancient Israel. Back then, I used to actually interact with the people. I found a man and asked what was important to him and he replied, “Oh, to love God with all that’s in me!” I thought that was quite an interesting answer, so I decided to watch how he lived. When he woke up in the morning, the first thing he did was speak God’s words…and he didn’t quit all day, right down to bedtime! When he was with his kids, he talked about God with them and when he sat at home in the evening, he and his wife discussed the Scriptures. His life seemed to be full of God!
Then I fast-forwarded to 2009 AD and landed in the United States. I also found a man and asked what was important to him and he also replied, “Oh, to love God with all that’s in me!” Then I watched how he lived. When he woke up in the morning, the first thing he did was check his email on his cell phone…and he didn’t quit all day, right down to bedtime! When he was with his kids, he thought about work and when he sat at home in the evening, he and his wife watched television. His life seemed to be full of so many things, but I didn’t see God.
That’s why I would rather see the story than hear them tell it. People think they know what’s important to them, but their lives don’t show it.
Well, it’s been good chatting but I’ve got to be on my way, you know, times and places to be. Take care of yourself, you hear. And remember,
When something’s important to you, you show it.