I was driving around this week, logging my usual insane milage (over 15K since I got my new minivan last July 31st), listening to the radio when Billy Joel’s “Just The Way You Are” came on. I love that song, definitely his best in my opinion. But when he belts out that he doesn’t want clever conversation, I always think the same thing: “Well, I do. I do want want clever conversation day in and day out for the rest of my days.” And so far, so good.
Later that afternoon, in the midst of very clever conversation with my funny man, I told him about my beef with Billy Joel. And he agreed with me completely. Interesting, even clever conversation, is such a pick-me-up. I think it’s practically a staple of marriage. Will and I are constantly sharing tidbits of what we’ve read, interactions we’ve had, or highlights from our day. It means so much to me that he is a great storyteller, and fortunately he is highly entertained by me and my antics. Neil Postman’s hypothesis that we are amusing ourselves to death has not been proven total and final quite yet, although I’m sure television and the internet have done their fair share of dimming out wits. Still, reading and thinking and talking hold large roles in our lives.
Being clever is one thing, but the true gift is wisdom. It’s the difference between words that may give you a lighthearted laugh, and words that build you up and give you direction. The Bible warns, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
May I never conform to the pattern of this world. May I be transformed more and more into the likeness of my Savior. May my mind be renewed. May I know and do God’s will. And may I be ever grateful for the sprinkling of clever conversation too.
Have a fabulous weekend!