Brenda’s Blog – July 12, 2022
“Where Big Mac?”
These words were spoken years ago by the toddler granddaughter of a well-loved neighbor. You could hear her little sentence fragment spoken in a small, inquisitive voice. “Where Big Mac?” as she ran into their house without immediately seeing him.
His recent death spurred the remembrance of a child’s comments as the pastor began his message. It was the ideal theme for a Christian memorial service. We gathered to honor a man who was a community leader, teacher, coach, family man, and truly beloved by all. His loss hit everyone for the diagnosis to death was only a span of six months.
The hope expressed by the pastor keyed off the gospel of Jesus. He assured the audience the question was answered because Coach McInturff had put his faith in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, son of God and son of Man. He spoke confidently of the hope of heaven because Coach had been drawn to reconciliation with Father God through belief in the Son and the work of the Spirit.
Of course, I thought of the wide-reaching impact of this question for all of us. What will be the answer for us?
Then, I thought about the broader implications of the question. Where am I in my life direction? Service to others? Relationship with my family and friends? Where am I in setting proper priorities? How about healthy habits and spiritual growth? Where am I? Where are you?
We live in chaotic times with cultural cacophony creating confusion. We are bombarded with demands, opportunities, decisions, and crises. We must clearly understand our values, our “red lines,” and our goals. When we measure our progress, it is critical to have an accurate standard. When we assess, asking “where am I?” having an idea of our direction is key.
Think about going to a strange park or shopping mall and feeling lost. Where do you go? You look for that familiar poster with the comforting words, “You are here.” You can either make adjustments because you are going in the wrong direction, or relax knowing you are right on target.
Where Big Mac? Where you? Where me? What is your answer? Make it good because it counts.