Seinfeld (which has to rank as one of a small handful of the funniest sitcoms ever) was known and is still remembered as “a show about nothing.” The truth is, however, that was not its original intent at all. Seinfeld was actually created to be a show about how comedians get their material. Even so, “a show about nothing” is how it will forever be remembered.
Occasionally I write “a blog about nothing.” I try not to do so often, but once in a while as I type I realize that’s what’s appearing on the page. It’s an article about nothing. Fortunately, with a blog that is apparently acceptable.
So, I was thinking random thoughts today (thoughts more or less about nothing – at least, about nothing of great importance), and one of them migrated from my head to my laptop. That thought was about names. More specifically, it was about titles and what comes to mind when we hear them.
Given my passion for food, let’s start there. You know what immediately jumps to mind when I hear the term “bistro”? Big prices, small portions! If the bistro has a French name, count on even bigger prices with even smaller portions.
How about the term “karaoke”? To me, that ordinarily means people searching for tunes they simply cannot find.
“Five finger shoes.” That one’s just weird. For starters, they go on your feet. To the best of my knowledge, feet do not have fingers. They have toes. And furthermore, anything that is shaped like a human foot, toes included, hardly qualifies as a “shoe.”
“Pita bread.” Let’s do a little word study. “Pita” means “bread.” To say “pita bread” is basically to say “bread bread.” Depending on the sandwich, you might want to cover it with mustard mustard or mayo mayo. When someone asks me if I would like “pita bread,” I am always slightly tempted to answer, “I heard you the first time. I heard you the first time.”
Speaking of being redundant, how many of us have attended events at jobs, in civic organizations, or even in churches where the meeting was billed as “Planning for the Future”? Is that entire title necessary? Seriously, is it possible to plan for the past?
So, what image should be conjured up when someone hears the word “church”? You and I, of course, create that image by how we live among others. When they observe us as a congregation and assess our commitments and practices, that defines in their minds what the term “church” means.
Or, how about the title “Christian”? Literally it means “one who is like Christ.” But, is that what others see when they get to know those of us who use that title to describe ourselves? In our personal relationships, business practices, language, earning and spending habits, use of time, involvement in church, service to the community and world, etc., people will determine what “Christian” means by determining who we are.
Anyway, one of the things I was thinking about today was titles, what they mean, and how we use them. So, I started to write those random thoughts down. I hope it didn’t totally turn out to be “a blog about nothing.” Who knows? I’ll try harder next week to write a blog about... something.