I’m not the smartest guy in the world. Many times, in fact, I’m pretty dense.
Ask my wife.
Sometimes though, I do have surprising moments of clarity. I don’t know if you are like this, but every once in a while, particularly after some reflection or some period of daydreaming or deep thought, my brain cries, “Eureka!”. Something clicks, a light goes on, and for that fleeting moment in time, I grasp some concept or life-lesson or truth and view it with a clarity and precision that had previously escaped me. Actually, I find that much of my spiritual development happens in these moments. Maybe you are like that. Maybe you aren’t. That’s the way it works for me.
It’s kind of like a spark, actually. That idea or realization will burn very brightly for a short time. But if I want to develop it, grow from it, nurture it – let it really impact my life, I have to get it out of my head and placed somewhere else. In order for that spark to be fanned to flame, there has to be an intermediary channel – some kind of tinder – that will allow the spark to smolder slowly at first, and then develop into a small flame that will continue to burn long enough for me to put it to the firewood. I have to be able to see the idea in front of me and interact with it long enough to let the reflection upon the idea impact me and compel me to action. Sometimes that means writing it down. Sometimes it means engaging a close friend in conversation about it. Sometimes it means dropping everything and praying about it right then and there. The point is, if I don’t get that spark to tinder, the spark that had the potential to be a bonfire dies a death of inactivity and is reduced to a puff of smoke.
For that reason, I wanted to start a new blog post series entitled, “This Just Hit Me.” I haven’t written a good blog post in several months now (Sorry!) and I shudder to think how many of those sparks have gone up in smoke during that time. The idea is not for it to be a time-limited series with regularly-scheduled entries, but rather for it to be an ongoing series with its entries being the product of my reflecting on these sparks as they occur naturally to me. The first of these will be an entry on the difference between modesty and humility. Stay tuned.
I’m sure I won’t get to all the sparks. But hopefully I will save a few. And hopefully, they will be fanned to flame. And hopefully, dear Reader, you will be able to warm yourself by the heat.