Leave? (22 of 31)

You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on a stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

–Matthew 5:14-16 (NIV)

When I was in Hollywood recently, I posted on my Facebook wall: If you had time for one more thing in L.A., what would you do?

One of my college mates responded simply: Leave

That made me think– What is the attraction of Hollywood? It is a city of “lights, camera, and action” on a hill. It broadcasts promises to fulfill human wants.

Yet Hollywood is not The City of Light.

Iconic Hollywood Sign Hollywood, California, USA. 13 October 2013

Iconic Hollywood Sign
Hollywood, California, USA. 13 October 2013, photo by RR

Scripture says that a city on a hill cannot be hidden. Hollywood does not try to hide; rather, it is all about exposure, but not transparency. It is a city known for role-playing and catering to what a person wants. It is a city that cannot fulfill what a person needs, though.  So, the best thing is to leave.  Or stay. In either case, find where– whether it be Dallas or Hollywood– your spiritual light can bring glory to God.

[Disclaimer: We had a very rejuvenating 24 hours in Hollywood. It is a beautiful city with a lot of entertaining sights. This metaphor is in no way meant to disparage Hollywood or Los Angeles or the people who live there. Peace.]


Idea as metaphor…

An idea is a feat of association, and the height of it is a good metaphor.

(Robert Frost)

Thinking…  I teach students how to make connections.  Sometimes their learning surpasses my ability to teach them.   I think I will let this quotation of Robert Frost, a favorite poet of mine, simmer.  In the meantime, if I throw it out to my gifted/talented students, their freshness and originality will astound.  Then I will quote those students whose learning has surpassed my ability to teach them.

Tomorrow is October 1, 2013: the first day of my 31 days of writing.  I do hope that my brain is flush with worthy thought after a good night’s sleep.

While on this journey, I’ll add a link to each new post here as it goes live.

01 of 31 – Jubilee balance

02 of 31 – Polishing lab

03 of 31 – Ready to write

04 of 31 – Tango reset

05 of 31 – Unobstructed view

06 of 31 – Oops

07 of 31 – Red canoe

08 of 31 – Anticipation

09 of 31- Clean slate

10 of 31 – Authentic hue

11 of 31 – Hat trick

12  of 31 – Jet lag

13 of 31 – Cornflakes, I think

14 of 31 – Sweet! Saturday

15 of 31 – Shoes

16 of 31 – Walking

17 of 31 – Tango

18 of 31 – Resilience

19 of 31 – Lavender, et cetera

20 of 31 – Pictures in blue

21 of 31 – Possibilities ahead

22 of 31 – Leave?

23 of 31 – Dancing with Duvall

24 of 31 – Heels over heads

25 of 31 – V-formation

26 of 31 – Un-fallow mind

27 of 31 – Stairs

28 of 31 – Chocolate lab

29 of 31 – Incontrovertible fact

30 of 31 – Mad hat

31 of 31 – Mnemonic

31 Days Bookend

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