Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Bill O'Reilly: A Bold Fresh Piece of Humanity
Hi, Connie, here. Please,
. . . Come, walk with me.
. . . . . . . Come, talk with me.
Bill O'Reilly, host of The O’Reilly Factor among other interests, wrote A Bold, Fresh Piece of Humanity to teach us a little about himself. Along the journey, I learned a little about myself.
First, Mr. O’Reilly walks and talks his Christianity. Hmm, do I?
Mr. O’Reilly is exceptionally sure of himself and his God-given talents. He has no doubts as to why he’s here or the mission he’s here to accomplish. It’s clear that, over the decades, this mission statement has morphed, but he appears to have been self-sufficient and on course from his earliest memories.
Me? Nah. I’m the follower, not the leader, a trait I’ve known about myself for, ahem, decades. A trait I don’t mind. I mean, we can’t all be leaders, right? We need us little guys there in the background as fillers.
Mr. O’Reilly goes after the big fish in defense of the little fish that are swept aside in the wake of greed, lust and power. Such is his personality and strength. This evidently is God’s purpose in making Bill O’Reilly as he is--a bold, fresh piece of humanity. Mr. O’Reilly has made powerful enemies along this path, and God has given him the tools to cope--mentally and physically.
Personally, I would hate to be surrounded by bodyguards 24/7. I love personal time with family and friends. I treasure my time alone. I don’t need people watching my back when I go to church to worship. Nor do I need them when I take Communion to the homebound, while I serve at a funeral reception, or while my beautiful Golden
Retriever Riley and I visit convalescent homes, hospitals and local events. Sometimes I feel I could use one while I’m volunteering at the homeless home on women’s day. No, not really. They're a lovely bunch of ladies with their own special problems.
Mr. O'Reilly believes the phrase a work in progress is a copout. He says, "What it really means is, 'He's a jerk and might be one forever.' " He goes on to say that we are all flawed--that no one will ever be a completed 'work.'
Wow! That statement gave me pause. He may be on to something. We always have choices. We must make the right one, even if it‘s not the popular one. Of course, mistakes are made. But we can’t cry out, “It wasn’t my fault. I’m only a work in progress.” We need to own up to our errors, make a vow not to repeat them, forgive ourselves and get back on the journey. Whew. Life is tough. Anyone willing to come, walk with me?
I’ve often lamented the fact that I can’t come up with one-liner, back-at-ya’s instantaneously, like Mr. O’Reilly. Man, he is a master. My husband’s like that. I used to envy the gift. But I’ve finally gotten the message. The Lord gave me the talent of putting words to paper and with that gift comes the added reward of one-liner, back-at-ya’s. Now, they might take me five or six tries . . . Well, that’s kind of an understatement. I’ve been known to linger over one of those instantaneous comebacks for as long as six months! But does the reader know if it took me six months or six seconds (like Mr. O’Reilly and my husband) to come up with that perfect quirky phrase. No, fortunately for me, they don't. I love that, among a treasure chest of other things, about writing and sharing the gifts God saw fit to give me to use while on His beautiful earth.
You see, we are all special in our own way in God's eyes. Don’t waste your precious moments envying what others have. They pay the price one way or another. I can go out to dinner without fear of being mobbed. Bill O’Reilly can move mountains of red tape to grant a child his or her last wish.
God has a journey for you, too. Take His hand and enjoy It will be the best trip you’ve ever taken. Trust me. I know.
The Lord says "I will make you wise and show you where to go. I will guide you and watch over you." Psalm 32:8
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Thanks for walking with me. Thanks for talking with me. You’ve made my day brighter. May God bless you always and forever.
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