Use Both Ways
Off the Wall, March 30
, 2012

Every so often, I hear a word used, and for some reason, it jumps out at me as to say, “Hey, listen. It is being used and you should take note.” If it were to only happen once, I may let it go. But when it becomes highlighted in my brain, then I feel the Holy Spirit is saying, “Listen Paul, I want you to understand its usage to the fullest degree.”

The first time I noticed this word in print was in the Catholic Accent. Bishop Lawrence Brandt’s Christmas message attracted me and I decided to read all his thoughts. His usage of the word, “resurrected,” did not refer to Christ’s death on the cross, but rather his birth as an alert to all of us that as we celebrate our Savior’s birthday annually, it should serve as a reminder. He will return in the future, and we should be alerted to not only be ready, but be aware that we should all expect this to happen.

As I saw it, he “resurrected” information of which I knew, but never heard it expressed that way. Of consequence, I will never forget all of his message and not just these words.

While watching a program on TV one evening, I really couldn’t find anything that held my interest that was tasteful according to my perception. Because of having a degree in psychology, I ended up watching Celebrity Wife Swap, something I wouldn’t usually view, but as noted before, nothing else clicked in my brain saying, “Stop here.”

It so happened that the program centered around a Protestant family and that of another couple whose beliefs were anything but Christian. I was kind of interested where this would go. So, I hung in there. I have watched some of the segments of these programs before, I’ll confess. But, this was the first time both wives tried hard to get along with other husbands.

At the end of these “relationships,” the two couples met around a table and shared comments as to what happened during the previous week. The husband of the Protestant family, a minister, stated, “Your wife resurrected some ideas in my life.”

I sensed the definition as “something from the past being brought to the forefront.”
Maybe it wouldn’t have been such a big deal hadn’t I been drawn to its use as stated by the Bishop, I don’t know. I do feel I just may use this word in the near future. After all, it seems in this column alone, over the many years I have shared my opinions, much of my thought has been “resurrected” from my childhood all the way to my adulthood. A lot has happened throughout those 50 to 60 years, believe me.

I’ve always been a believer that each one of us has stories to tell. I don’t care whom you are, where you came from or how much money you now make or don’t make. You have facts that, if “resurrected,” would fall right in place if someone let me tap into their minds as to childhood experiences or job changes. If given a chance, for example, and I’ll only use first names, I’d love to write about Nancy of the ghetto, Boyd of New Alexandria or Daniel of the hill. Each of these people have had varied backgrounds, continue expanding their knowledge in everything they do and are gainfully employed. That’s a start. But there are many others like them, that, if given the opportunity, I would like to have the pleasure to interview and have them share their pros and cons of life just as I have done for years. Resurrection of factual material can be just as fascinating as that of documented truths that have been put to print decades ago.

In a matter of weeks, Christians all over the world will be celebrating what some people consider the ultimate time of the year, Christ’s death and resurrection. Need I mention the fact that He didn’t need to die, but chose to do so because of His love for us. We as sinners needed a redeemer and it was His choice to die in that manner.

Now, I know there are several people reading this column who will disagree with these last two paragraphs because of their atheistic views or their unwillingness to “resurrect” the facts. I put that five-letter word in italics, because to them I feel they think it never happened – that there is no God, Jesus did not walk on the Earth and there is no Holy Spirit.

History books have documented proof that Jesus did walk on this earth. If He didn’t, then neither did Washington, Lincoln or Franklin, three men whom, needless to say, achieved a lot for our country.

As I see it, I sometimes only think a word can be used one way. By being alert to conversations, I have learned that words can be used constructively, different ways.


- Paul J. Volkmann
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