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The One Thing

by | Nov 11, 2009 | Christianity, Faith, Focus on Living | 1 comment

In the movie City Slickers, Jack Palance’s crusty cowboy characterasks soul-searching Billy Crystal, “Do you know what the secret to life is?”
“No, what?” says Billy.
“One thing, just one thing. You stick to that…”
“That’s great, but what’s the one thing?”
“That’s what you’ve got to figure out.”

To many people around us the “one thing” is elusive. Today I spoke with a person in a doctor’s office who describe a recent patient who is doing all the “right things”. ” She works hard. She has a family. She exercises and tries to eat right, but she is miserable. She has an explosive temper and lashes out at those who are trying to help. She is obviously looking for something more. But what is she missing?

While this is not the exact quote, Blaise Pascal said something along these lines-“There is a God-shaped vacuum in the heart of every person, and it can never be filled by any created thing. It can only be filled by God, made known through Jesus Christ.”

We all know people like the lady I heard about today. At times, we may be one of those people. Jesus said the “one thing” is to love God with all our hearts, minds and strength.

1 Comment

  1. jim

    Still reading, usually like this, in the morning, no time for comments. Missed Wednesday again due to some grandchild doctoring. I’m not sure which I like better here, the “Slicker” quote or the one by Pascal…


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