(outline) MAKING SENSE OF LIFE
SEPTEMBER 14, 1997 A.M.
SERIES: RAT RACE REALITIES
A. MARK TWAIN ILLUSTRATION. (Been There.
Done That. Now What?, Ed Young, Pg.53-54)
Mark Twain once asked a baggage handler on a
commuter train if the man thought his briefcase was
strong enough to be checked and placed in the
baggage compartment. The baggage handler
shrugged, took Twain’s case, and promptly hurled it
to the pavement. “That, sir,” he said, “ is what she’ll
get in Philadelphia.” Then he picked it up and struck
it five or sic times against the side of the train car.”
And that,” he continued, “is what she’ll get in
Chicago.” Finally, he threw the case to the ground
again and stomped on it vigorously until the author’s
books and papers spilled out, saying, “That’s what
she’ll get in Sioux City.” As Twain watched slack-
jawed, the man nodded at his now mangled case and
advised, “If you’re going any farther than Sioux City,
sir, I’d suggest you carry it on yourself.” In a sense,
Twain was lucky. He saw before he boarded the train
what the journey ahead would entail. The best most
of us can do is observe the journey of life from the
windows of our moving “train” and attempt--while
the scenery whizzes by--to make some half-ordered
sense of it all.
B. “THE BEST MOST OF US CAN DO IS TO
OBSERVE LIFE AS IT PASSES BY.”
C. IT IS MOST DIFFICULT TO MAKE SENSE OF
D. IN ECCLESIASTES 3 SOLOMON TURNS TO
PHILOSOPHY FOR THE ANSWER. ONCE
AGAIN HE LOOKS UNDER THE SUN.
E. LIKE SOLOMON WE STRUGGLE TO DEVELOP
A PHILOSOPHY THAT WILL ORDER AND
EXPLAIN THE MYSTERIES OF LIFE
ESPECIALLY THE CHALLENGES AND
F. LIKE SOLOMON WE LEARN THAT FROM AN
EARTHLY VIEWPOINT, AT TIMES, IT JUST
DOESN’T MAKE SENSE.
I. THERE ARE OBSERVATIONS. V.S. 1-8.
A. THE 1ST 10 VERSES OF CHAPTER THREE ARE
THE MOST POPULAR VERSES IN THE BOOK
AND S ...
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