You are now inside one of the top theological schools in the world and you are sitting in Dr. John Hobbs' Class on Theology with first year Freshman students. The seminary is reformed, protestant, Christian and is located in the south of the USA.
Do you know where you are now? Do you like being here? If not, you know what to do.
Dr. Hobbs is a phenomenon in himself. You don't have to know the fear of the Lord in his classroom because you are afraid already.
Dr. Hobbs surveys the back seats in the classroom and makes an announcement. "I notice that some of you were not in class last week. If you don't think I'll flunk you, just check the archives of this seminary."
Dr. Hobbs does not tolerate nonsense in any way and he is unsympathetic when it comes to grades and excuses.
He is in his fifties and has bad arthritis. His skin is very white and pale and you wonder how the man is even living. He speaks with a deep southern accent, but his voice is crystal clear.
Somehow we are on the subject of Creation:
"Why did God create the world?" intones Dr. Hobbs, and he doesn't wait for an answer. "Because He willed to create it."
"Why does the world continue to exist?" "Because He Wills for it to continue to exist."
As for the WILL, most of the students in the Classroom don't even know what that is and probably could care less. They just want to get out of Class in a hurry because they already have what counts - luv, joy, peace, etc. They got Jesus in their hearts. They know that, or some of them do, and that's all that matters.
"Jesus, Jesus! You know how much we luv you. But whatever you do, please, please, please - don't ask us to think." Is that why we are here?
The top Marketers, the biggest money makers, are always ready to remind us of two things:
(1) You would if you could...
(2) You can if you will...
And they are absolutely right. If you think about it- Dr. Hobbs and the Marketers are saying exactly the same thing, but for a different end and a different reason.
The WESTMINSTER CATECHISM: "What is the chief end of Man?" (Assume "Women" are included)
Now listen, not to the Classical Answer, but to Dr. Hobbs' paraphrase or his own rendition of the answer - "The Glory of God is a human being FULLY ALIVE!"
What does it mean for you to be FULLY ALIVE?
Go ahead... Fill in the blank and answer the question:_________________________
How do you like your answer? Does it fit you like a suit? If not, do you want to change it? Go ahead and change it, if you want to.
Have you got your answer now? If not, you are making excuses. Go ahead and just tell yourself what would it mean for you to be FULLY ALIVE and write your answer down on a sheet of paper.
Even if you don't know your answer, go ahead and venture a hunch or a guess. There is nothing wrong with that. No venture, no gain.
The Creator Himself/Herself/Itself - I AM - He/She/It loves answers that are shortsighted because it is better to be shortsighted than to have no sight at all. The Creator - the Great I AM - will honor your courage as you attempt to define for yourself, what it would mean for you to be Fully Alive, what it would mean for you to be YOU.
It is better to want something, even if it falls short, than to want nothing at all, and you end up doing nothing and learning nothing. It's even better to sell yourself short than to not sell yourself at all. At least you are trying and doing your best and sometimes your worst, but your Creator - I AM - will honor your efforts and commend you for them no matter what the results.
The Creator has placed in you the WILL to be and when you exercise that Will as an artist, a scientist, a designer, or as a Marketer - you are being a Co-Creator with I AM and there is nothing better, nothing more fulfilling on earth.
Okay! You have now defined yourself and stated for yourself what it would mean for you to be fully alive, truly fulfilled, what it would mean for you to be YOU.
Now, how do you get to that? How do you become that?
I AM wants you to be Fully Alive. So do I. So do you. Now let's get the job done. Can if be done, can it get done? Yes, it can, if you want to.
Do you want to? If Yes, then let's get moving.
And you know how much power you have, don't you? If not, you can go back and read Meaning and Marketing: The Eye of the Storm. How much Power did Patricia Smith have and how did I AM use that power?
She had the Power to give birth to a Brand New Universe and She became ONE with her Creator in the process. Charlie now has a new playground, if he wants to. He will soon find himself dancing among the stars.
Do you believe all this? You can if you want to. Do you want to? Do you want to dare to wish upon a star? If so, our next step is to find a way:
How to access that Power, how to tap into that inexhaustible supply of sheer energy, that is the fuel we seek in order to become FULLY ALIVE, which is to get and to receive what we really want and what we really deserve.
In the next Lesson - Meaning and Marketing - The Links! - I will show you a way to access that POWER, that ENERGY that will allow you to reach for your true DESTINY.
I AM is waiting for You. What are You waiting for?
Answer to Test Question in Meaning and Marketing - The Eye of the Storm:
How much power does the Spider now have and what is She going to do with it?
Answer: The Spider has as much power as you want her to have. Use her as one of your links in Meaning and Marketing - The Links. Give her a name if you want to. "Charlotte" will do. When you are feeling low, experiencing a lack of energy or inspiration, remember Charlotte. She will empower you. She now has the Lightning Bug inside of her and I AM is light. This is no ordinary lightning bug. She survived the fall Equinox before she met her destiny inside Charlotte.
What is Charlotte going to do with her power? Continue to spin her webs, eat other insects, and spread her fertility to the winds. Hopefully, She and her kind will also ward off Black Widows.
Go for it, Charlotte! And don't get in my way or I'll knock your web down.
Charlotte's Web E. B. White, Garth Williams (Illustrator)
The Parable of the Ten Pounds The Bible, The Gospel of Luke, Chapter 19:11-27
An Introduction to the Reformed Tradition: A way of Being the Christian Community John H. Leith
The Courage to Create Rollo May
The Road Less Traveled, 25th Anniversary Edition M. Scott Peck
Paul Snell lives with his wife, Jean, and younger Son, Steven, and their dog Blackie, in Lexington, NC.