Rex Miller (https://rexmiller.com) and his wife have been good friends to my wife and I for over 40 years. From the time he became the youngest Eagle Scout in Illinois as a young man, Rex has continued to be an inspiring thought leader, boundary pusher, corporate executive, consultant and author. When the internet and e-mail were in their infancy, many of my first e-mails were from Rex.
Rex was blogging before we had a label for it. In one of those early communications, he wrote of the diminishing value (and hijacking) of words. His article was titled, “If God is Awesome, Snowboards Aren’t.” To this day, I rarely use the word awesome. It is reserved for very special applications.
I value the history, meaning, proper use and spelling of words. One word I consistently misspell however, is rhythm. I slipped into the bad habit (poor rhythm) of just getting it close and letting spellcheck take care of it.
I really love that word and how it applies to our lives. A simple definition of rhythm is, “A strong, regular, repeated pattern of movement or sound.” It comes from the Greek word rythmos which was itself derived from rhein (meaning, “to flow” — Rhein is German for the river, Rhine). There are volumes of relative thoughts associated with that river that I won’t chase here.
Though most common to the concept of music, it’s easy to see the correlation of the definition of rhythm to training and muscle memory.
However, there are even deeper associations. Our relationship with God, our spouse, children, parents, siblings, friends and associates has rhythm. Good or bad, but there is rhythm.
When describing a rebellious or odd person, we use the phrase, “he walks to the beat of a different drum.” Maybe someone just came to your mind.
Think About it
What kind of rhythm do you have with your team? Your ministry leadership? Regular congregants and visitors?
Someone could be the most physically fit, well trained and equipped person in your region. But if they don’t have good rhythm with those they serve with and encounter, they’re not useful.
When you see, hear or write the word rhythm, let it be a reminder of the applicability in your life.
And don’t ever say your Glock, or someone’s shooting ability is awesome; they’re not.