We would spend a week with my aunt Anna every summer in Greenfield. She was
kinda rich we thought, and she took us everywhere on our visit including
baseball games, the museum, the aviary, and the flower show. You could see old
Forbes field from her back porch, where the Pirates played ball. At night we would walk to McGee field to
watch the Soft-ball games as my ruddy complexioned aunt sold concessions in the
bleachers, salty pretzel sticks and pop. The lights and warm air, fans and players
remain in my memory today.
Pittsburgh was a sports town back in the days when John Henry Johnson ran
touchdowns for the Steelers. He was an upright runner but had a lot of leg
movement and was hard to corral and bring down. I remember that in spite of
J.H.J. the team stunk up the field weekly and my Father said to play the
Steelers was like taking candy from a baby.
auntie we went to five different games the year Clemente and “the deacon,”
Vernon Law beat the Yankees in the series. We sat in the left field bleachers. I was just starting to understand
At age eight or nine, it was really all about the thrill of doing and seeing
new things, winning and losing didn’t matter a lot yet. We swam in the McGee
pool late morning, girls went first and then the boys had their period for
about a half hour each, I never knew why times were divided and was annoyed
with having to wait. I didn’t grasp intricacies yet back then.
belonged to one or the other. The neighbor kids in Greenfield went to Public School which
meant they were going to hell when they died. In these days I discovered that
chicken was a bird and steak was a chunk of a cow and a baseball was rolled up
string with a cover; all major connections.
So, one day my uncle took the Lord’s name in vain, shocking my pants off. At
Catholic School we were taught that such expressions were “mortal sins” and
also that the practitioners must go to confession because if they die with that
kind of sin on their soul, they too would go straight to hell.
figure things out and hell thoughts played a big part in the motivation. My
heart-wish query became a snare many times, however, because most things shirk
figuring and I still cannot grasp most of it. Many times I gave up trying and
this led to emptiness that ate up a lot of my future, disturbing my ability for
social continuity which is desperately needed in our world. These black-hole moments
waxed into years and resulted in non-reflection and living for today; for
tomorrow I die.
The King, Solomon attempted to know the world through wisdom’s eye as he
empirically examined good, bad, and even insane stuff. It all brought him to
the discovery of “vanity,” and “all is vanity,” and that finding out
things brings sorrow instead of the expected joy. Why, because we discover that
all of our “progress” has taken us in a circle? Yes, we must be delivered of this insatiable
curiosity in order for healing to occur.
God and they seek Him like “nirvana” and the loss of this drive will hinder
their chances. The empiricist looks to externals and experiences to perceive by
sense evaluation; the rationalist intuits information with a belief that he has
an innate resource of knowledge that makes itself known at certain times. But with
both, the bed is too short and covering too narrow, so to speak. Whatever
discoveries that are made through these natural efforts never reach the
of perception are a direct result of the fall of man in the garden. A vacuum was
created then in the heart, and a deception which triggers the motivation for gaining
more knowledge which the Bible says, “puffs up.” The quest, pitted by
philosophers as a foundation for prosperous living is a simple
lie necessitated by any who accept life to a lesser degree
than God intends.
pertaining to life and godliness. Our interest as a
saved believer relates to “knowledge of the Holy.” To
desire the sincere milk of the Word, to want to know Christ and to seek Him
creates a new path which liberates us from the old vain one. We’re getting
highest priority! Certainly it is fine to gain knowledge and we should, but
frankly, “I found it,” the day I received Jesus into my life; remember
the billboard? When God said, “My people fail for lack of
knowledge,” He meant that they lacked the mind of Christ not just how to build a house.
material, power, and honor. Perhaps knowledge helps all the lusts to gain
influence. Nevertheless, Paul wrote, I want to know as also I am known (by God)
and I want to know Him, (The Christ). I’d rather have Jesus than anything this world affords
today. The only knowledge worth having is of another kind and is past finding
out unless revealed by Him. Love ya