January 30, 2022
Reflections From the Heart of Allan Redenius
A few people have been encouraging me to write a book. You know, that sounds kind of fun. I’ve got the beginning “…. once upon a time,” and I’ve got the end, “….the end.” The problem with writing a book is the in-between pages.
I could write a book entitled, How to Make a Million Dollars. That would be easy. The in-between pages would all be blank, except for one page. The line on that page would read, “Write a book entitled, How to Make a Million Dollars.” Oh, the title is catchy to be sure. But as people would thumb through the empty pages, but with one sentence in the entire book, they would quickly realize they had just been duped. On the other hand, P.T. Barnum once said, “There’s a sucker born every minute.”
I could write a book about something I’m relatively good at and know. Over my lifetime, I’ve done a lot of things, from bagging groceries to closing multi-million dollars deals for clients, to preaching the Gospel. So, I know a little bit about a whole lot of things. If I wrote about all those experiences, indeed it would be a book of short stories. But people like short stories, don’t they?
People like dog stories, so I could write a book entitled, Dogs in My Life. First there was Sport, who kept a stranger at bay, Tippy, who was somewhat useless, Poncho—the wonder dog who could do ALL things, Buster, the spaniel (never get a cocker spaniel--they pee when you pet them), and Kalo, who could smile, pray, and sing. Then finally, there was Doogan, a beautiful lab with a lot of promise, but he died at one year of age with cancer.
I could write about Jesus. But all that needs to be said about Him has already been written in the Bible. Unless, of course, you don’t read the Bible. If I write a book and you don’t read it, you won’t be missing out on much. If, however, you are not reading the Bible, you are missing out on a talking donkey, a man who walked on the water, a dead man raised to life, and so much more---mostly your eternal life.
Forget about me writing a book for you to read. The only book you need to read, is the Bible!
Not bad for a kid who had to take phonetics class in order to learn to speak well. 😊
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Allan Redenius is the Pastor of First Covenant Church in Fort Dodge, Iowa. This blog reflects his love for Our Lord Jesus Christ, his whimsical sense of humor and his approach to life.