When a college student is faced with an essay question for which he does not know the real answer, he frequently employs a strategy I like to refer to as “Shock and Awe.” “Shock and Awe” is where you write about every single thing you can think of that might have some relationship with the question at hand. For some teachers, Shock and Awe was a great strategy for maximizing a score on a question for which your knowledge was minimal. Other teachers, however, were savvy to the scam.
Several years ago, there was a family going through great crisis, the kind that most often rips families apart forever. The parents attended the church at which my father preached, and he intervened in the situation in hopes of bringing peace. He was successful. Recently, the father contacted me, and it was clear from our conversation that he was very, very grateful for what my dad had done. After the conversation ended, this verse came to mind: “I heard a voice from heaven saying, ‘Write this: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.’ ‘Blessed indeed,’ says the Spirit, ‘that they may rest from their labors, for their deeds follow them!’” (Rev. 14:13).