Getting Ahead: Just Life


By John G. Pfeifer - Religion Columnist



There were four brothers in our family and many times when the neighbor boys would come to our house, we would wrestle with one another. I was the oldest one in the group so most of the time I would end up sitting on top of my opponent with my knees in his biceps.

If they didn’t give up I just put a little more pressure on their arms with my knees and they would cry “uncle.” That might sound a bit cruel, but it was all in fun and no one ever really got hurt. We would engage in this activity over and over.

There were occasions, however, when there would be an older neighbor boy that would join in and he would pin me. I would then be on my back with him on top of me burying his knees in my biceps. I liked it better when I was on top not the bottom shouting “uncle.”

I found that real life lessons are very much like the wrestling matches we experienced as young boys. When we are on top of things it feels good, but when things are on top of us it is not so pleasant. We twist and turn and grit our teeth, doing everything possible to get out from under the thing that has us down. Do you suppose that some of the things we face are like that older neighbor boy I wrestled and all we have to do is cry “uncle” and we can get up? Could we look at life as a friendly encounter with situations and circumstances that are not always going to destroy us? Do we have to always be on top to get the most out of life? Have anyone ever lived a life where they are always on top?

These and other life questions will be addressed Sunday morning as “The Gathering Place Family” meets in the Washington High School Gymnasium at 10 a.m. for our Pre-Service Connection where we enjoy coffee, juice and donuts. Our Worship Service and Children’s Church then begins at 10:30. Come at 7 p.m. and be part of our Wednesday night Bible Study and Children’s Ministry on the third floor above Trends at 120 West Court Street.

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By John G. Pfeifer

Religion Columnist

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