Five Minute Friday — Other

The Five Minute Friday assignment is to write for five minutes on a prompt word, post it and share with fellow Five Minute friends at Kate’s place on Facebook at Around 100 of us gather round to encourage and support our fellow Christian writers, writing in a variety of styles and genres. It’s always very interesting to see how a simple word take shape into posts. Sometimes it’s obvious, sometimes not as much and always entertaining. Be sure to stop in and read the diversity of thought at Kate’s place. And don’t be afraid to join in!

I’ve been sharing snippets taken from Five Minute Friday: A Collection of Stories Written in Five Minutes Flat. They are a testament to the value of the exercise. This week, I’ll share some perspective from Zivah, who I hope inspires you to check us out or, better yet, encourage you to try your hand at focused, unscripted writing for just five minutes. And share it on Kate’s website.

“I learned about the FMF  community through an online women’s magazine and decided to join. In doing so, I found community, friendship and encouragement: an opportunity and platform to connect with other writers, bloggers and those eager to encourage and be encouraged. I also found links to other blogs and websites that I’ve subscribed to — those of women who share their achievements and their struggles. Here, I have found space to learn that my failures are as glorious as my successes, and my weaknesses as courageous as my strengths. And, I’ve found opportunities to give love, friendship, encouragement and  uplifting to those FMF connections. It’s just a beautiful community to be part of.”

The word this week is OTHER. The clock is started, so let’s GO …

I was was ironically filling out a survey today and the “other” box box popped up not once, but twice. The first, after an exhausting list of religions most aligned with, added “other” — and there were about 20 religions listed there! But the second one caught me off guard. It asked for gender, “male”, “female” or “other” ??? Despite the LGBTQ agenda, are there really more than two genders?

But anyway, it got me to thinking {always dangerous} about a pre-visit questionnaire we might be asked to fill out in the waiting area of the Throne room. We might be asked some questions that require an “other” box or explanation.

I can see, for example, a question about religious affiliation … general, like, Christian, Muslim, Agnostic, Atheist {I believe even those not destined to cross the River Jordan will have a seat in the Throne Room}. Under Christian, there might be a subset like Baptist, Catholic, Methodist, Presbyterian, etc. And there might be another potential box like “other” … STOP

Here one might likely put in non-denominational.

But the survey might be framed to further expand on our relationship with God. It might prod us to write down adjectives like active, passive, personal, communal.

It doesn’t really matter what we write down, the Lord knows the right answer. But in the end, I believe, God is not going to ask us what we believe or what we did {or didn’t do}. He’s going to ask just one simple question. “My Son, do you know Him?”

It’s here, as Desi would have said to Lucy, “you’ve got some ‘splainin to do.”

Do you know Jesus? It’s really a simple yes or no answer.

Well, for better or worse, those are some “other” thoughts that ventured out of my head this week.

THOUGHT TO REMEMBER: The best feeling in the world is blessing someone who can’t repay you.

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2 Responses to Five Minute Friday — Other

  1. I guess when I get there I’ll find out.


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