Focus On Jesus by Patty LaRoche

Patty LaRoche

A Catholic priest and a Methodist pastor from two local churches are standing by the side of the road, feverishly pounding a handmade sign into the ground with a large rock. The sign reads: “The End is Near! Turn Yourself Around Now Before It’s Too Late!”

As a car speeds past them, the driver yells, “Leave us alone, you religious nuts!”

From the curve they hear screeching tires and a big splash. The pastor turns to the priest and asks, “Do you think the sign should just say ‘Bridge Out’?”

Have you ever met a person who has a knack for complicating things? The other day, as some of us were visiting-while-distancing on our deck, a woodpecker began thumping away on a nearby tree. “Jon” was the first to locate the intruder. “He’s right there,” pointing to where he spotted the bird. None of us could follow his finger’s guide. “Right there. Go up to the first branch. Then it splits a little and goes a different direction. Follow that aways and then go right. To the left of that is the bird, hiding behind the leaves.”

T.M.I. Now it was my turn. I simply followed the sound of the pecking…and put on my teacher hat. “Follow the trunk to the height of our deck. Where the first branch splits to the left, follow it about five feet…” Specifics.

You get what I’m saying if you ever have tried to learn a new card game when the explainer cannot start at the beginning or dumb it down. My frustrations are in high gear whenever we play games with a certain, unnamed family member named Dave who has a tendency to assume that we get what he is saying. Although I’ve played the game 100 times, even I am confused. Most times, our kids or grandkids or friends will turn to me and ask for an interpretation…a dumbed-down interpretation. (I do not take that personally.)

Recently, I’ve been asked to give my opinion on a doomsday video that is circulating, prompting people to question if we are in End Times, and last night a friend forwarded an email in which a leading doctor proposed the Covid-19 is a conspiracy to depopulate the world. Both were way above my retired paygrade, so I forwarded them to brilliant friends who could “dumb them down” for me and give me their take on what they heard.

I quickly learned that some people are incapable of simple explanations. There was one, however, whose brilliance did not deter her from speaking at my level. (No comments necessary.) Line by line, she presented facts opposing what the reader had presented. Analysis such as “a sweeping generalization without one shred of evidence” or “If truth is subjective then each group has their own truth,” etc. were specific to the writer’s critique. Perfect! I copied and pasted her response to my doubting friend…who answered, “So what if truth is subjective?” Round and round we go.

After several days of watching videos, seeking experts’ opinions and attempting to explain the fallacies in what I was seeing/reading, I knew it was time for something drastic. The “bridge is out” story gave me my answer. People needed to “turn themselves around before it’s too late.” Period. I would do what I do best, dumb down my answer and share this: “I want to focus only on Jesus, and every minute I spend analyzing end-of-the-world theories is one less minute I have to think about him.”

Actually, that’s not dumbing it down at all. That might be the smartest thing I’ve said in my entire life.

One thought on “Focus On Jesus by Patty LaRoche”

  1. I love the final answer and it’s exactly how I feel. But God made me so curious that I can’t help but listen to all sides. I want to know if taking this Supposed soon to be created vaccine is the “mark of the beast”. I want to know who I should be listening to and who I shouldn’t be listening to. (Obviously our Lord and Savior!) I don’t want to be filling my head with “fake news”… but it’s really interesting that the “underground” News posts keep being taken down by the small entity who controls all of our regular mainstream media . I’m talking within minutes! Why are they afraid of us listening or watching anything that doesn’t line up with what they want us to believe? It’s very interesting to search for the whys. But maybe that’s just curious me.

    I agree with you 100% that at the end of the day Jesus is the only answer. But I also believe he’s testing our knowledge to tell the difference. I’m not idolizing any one conspiracy… I just find some of them to be more believable than what our local news Chanel’s are Leading us to believe.
    Do you believe we should not listen to any other news than what’s on our main media stations who continue to shut down others news? What happened to our freedom of speech?
    Great article and cute joke. I agree with it all. Just wondering if what your saying is don’t watch or listen to local or worldwide main media.

    I want to know who to trust in the news while Christ has my back and blessing to dig for the truth of what in the world is happening and more importantly WHY.

    Perhaps we aren’t supposed to know and just trust❤️

    I’m just trying to decipher the good from the bad so that I can have answers when asked about my beliefs. There are some very valid questions out there.

    Thanks for listening❤️

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