Thoughts on life from Pat Oaks
Last night Jason came over and we watched a documentary about the Beastie Boys. They were a rap group back in the 80's when he and John boy were teenagers. In fact, my boys did a rap album back in the day and I could hear the influence when I watched the show.
However, as is usually true with a documentary or movie about someone famous, this one proved to me once again how empty and shallow fame is. Two of the members of the group were on stage narrating scenes from all those long ago days and they still talked and acted like they were teenagers. (The third member died of cancer.)
They did the presentation to a full house, and I thought it sad that the people were laughing at things that should not have even been said, much less laughed about.
The longer I live, and the closer I get to leaving this planet, the more I realize that even I have put too much trust in this world. Sure....more and more I am putting my focus on the next life. But, I wonder why I didn't do it sooner. Why did I think I had to have so much? Why did I "collect" so much junk? Now that my eyes have been opened (sort of).....I am trying to divest myself of 80 years of "stuff."
You might say, surely you don't have stuff that is 80 years old! YES I DO! I have a baby blanket that my uncle gave me when I was born. It's hard to part with something like that. I finally gave my bicycle away (to Audrey) that I have had since I was seven years old...73 years. I gave my dolls to my niece KK in South Carolina. They were about 75 years old. So yes, I have stuff. You better believe I have stuff. I even think that word is an ugly word....STUFF. (Some words are just more ugly....like pimples, or acne or diarrhea.)
Then, there are the words which are beautiful...or as Tommy would say...feel good in your mouth. Words like HOME and LOVE and FAMILY and BABY. But the best sounding word of all is JESUS.
In the show last night, not one time did I hear that word. How sad to live your whole life only thinking about fame and fortune and stuff. At the risk of sounding hokey, here is an old quote that you have probably seen as a bumper sticker on a beat up old truck with a gun rack in the back window and an actual gun in the rack. It's true though, and worth quoting.....
"Only one life will soon be past. Only what's done for Christ will last."