Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on Priorities

Every once in a while people just cut to the heart of a matter. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar did so in article:

9. Career is never as important as family. The better you are at your job, the more you’re rewarded, financially and spiritually, by doing it. You know how to solve problems for which you receive praise and money. Home life is more chaotic. Solving problems is less prescriptive and no one’s applauding or throwing money if you do it right. That’s why so many young professionals spend more time at work with the excuse, “I’m sacrificing for my family.” Bullshit. Learn to embrace the chaos of family life and enjoy the small victories. This hit me one night after we’d won an especially emotional game against the Celtics. I’d left the stadium listening to thousands of strangers chanting “Kareem! Kareem!” I felt flush with the sense of accomplishment, for me, for the Lakers, and for the fans. But when I stepped into my home and my son said, “Daddy!” the victory, the chanting, the league standings, all faded into a distant memory.

Is This Verse The Key To Heaven?

We all know the famous verses. Many of them probably came to mind when you read the title. Those verses, though, can be likened to Elijah’s fire, windstorm, and earthquake. This verse is like Elijah’s “gentle whisper.” Its power dwarfs that of a thunderbolt, but it sits as the recorded words of the Son of God waiting to be heard.

What could this verse be? What are these 22 words?

They are recorded by St. John in Chapter 8, verse 29 of his recounting of the Gospel of Jesus, the Christ:

The one who sent me is with me; he has not left me alone, for I always do what pleases him

Is that all? Yes, but it is a complete summary of the Christian life, is it not? We exist to please God, otherwise, why would He create us? We please Him by living our lives “through Him, with Him, and in Him” just as Jesus did. If we did just that – our unity would grow until it was perfect — forever.

Quite a gentle whisper!