Five Minute Friday — Real

It’s Friday, so it’s time to join the group at Kate’s place ( for Five Minute Friday. Here, we shun convention and write with {sometimes reckless} abandon for five minutes {or so} on a particular prompt word. It’s an exercise to jump start out thoughts and convert them in some semblence of focused writing. My friends at Kate’s place really do a great job plugging into the prompt. You should really check it out.

Well, with that preamble, it’s time to get started. The prompt is REAL. The timer is set and I’m ready, set and GO

One of the saddest story I ever read was when Ronald Reagan was shot. A group of kids were interviewed, and one of them said, “Why doesn’t he just get up?”

That was 34 years ago, folks, when video games were crude but still capturing the minds of youth. Even then, the lines between reality and fantasy were blurred.

Fast forward those 34 years. Today we have kids younger and younger not realizing the line between fact and fiction … real and imagination. Zombies, walking dead, vampires, graphic war and urban violence video games, movies and television programming pushing the moral envelope with each episode, music {and I use the term loosely} seducing them with sex and violence. It’s not real, but youth today seem to be entranced and enslaved by it all.

Yet they can’t seem to see the real reason for life … a portal to eternity. What we do and how we do it will lead us beyond this life and into the next.

They — and many adults as well — are ready, willing and able to see the “reality” of escapism, yet not ready, unwilling and unable to see the “reality” of eternity.

There is a real, historical Jesus. STOP

… and He came to show us the way. Jesus was either real or His teachings are the greatest hoax ever.  At least, that’s my belief. That’s my reality.

I know there are others who do not share my beliefs. They see the here and now. They seek instant gratification. They seek escapism from the trials and troubles of everyday life. They can’t see the little blessings. And the tragedy is they become desensitized with each fantasy feeding the next and the next. That’s their reality.

And that’s my two cents {and five minute’s} worth this week.

THOUGHT TO REMEMBER: When in doubt, just take the next small step.

About wisdomfromafather

I'm just an ordinary guy walking along the journey of life.
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2 Responses to Five Minute Friday — Real

  1. moreatforty says:

    Stopping by from FMF. I watched a 20/20 or Nightline episode about the girls who stabbed their friend over and over again because they thought some character from the computer was telling them to…it was really terrifying. But it is good to constantly have these “reality” checks where we make sure kids know what is good and right and REAL. Great reminder to have those meaningful conversations and not just on Sundays. Thanks for sharing.


    • Thanks for your post, too. Seems like you have things balanced. There’s nothing wrong with some escapism as long as teh fiction doesn’t become the reality. Walking the walk with you, sister!


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