What’s It All About?

            It was early in the morning as I was sitting in my favorite chair, shuffling through brightly colored leaflets I had gotten in the mail recently.  I don’t recall now what they were about.   It was still dark outside, and my fluorescent lamp lit the pages I was reading.  The radio was on in the background, playing one of those goofy morning shows I usually can’t stomach.

            “On the line with us now is a woman from California,” said the first male announcer.

            “Hello,” the woman caller said brightly.  “I’m really glad I got through to you guys.  Love your show.”

            “So, you’re from California, home of all the fruits and nuts,” chimed in the second male announcer.  “Boy, have we got just the song to play for you!”

            “The woman caller giggled.  OK, but I’m not one of those crazies,” she said a little defensively.

            “Hey, we know everybody from California’s a little crazy, or they wouldn’t be living there in the first place,” the first announcer responded.

            “Yeah, this tune pretty well sums things up,” the second announcer added.

            I turned over another page and looked intently at the glossy promotional photo as a quirky, bouncy tune came on the radio.  The radio hosts had apparently put it together themselves in their studios at some earlier date.  I assumed they’d played it before on an earlier show.  They knew exactly what they wanted to play at that moment.  On the recording they sang along with a couple of girls, accompanied by a lively pianist and drummer.  The sparkling, humorous lyrics whizzed by pretty fast, but focused on how decadent and strange Californians were.  Then the tempo changed, and the tune switched momentarily to a minor key.  Only the male voices sang somberly:


            “Whatcha gonna do when the dyin’ comes?

            How ya goona die when the doin’ comes?”


            I looked up from my perusing in amazement as the song returned to the previous upbeat tempo for a couple of seconds, only to be interrupted by the sound of my alarm clock, awakening me in a state of heavy grogginess.


“Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.  For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.”  (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14).


“For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is  Jesus Christ. Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.: (I Cor. 3:11-15)

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