Every expert on communication will tell you that people today want the Reader's Digest version of what you have to say or to sell. Comments like "just cut to the chase" or "give me the low-down" usually interrupt any sales pitch or long story. So why is it that movies get longer and longer? I just went to see the latest in the saga of Capt. Jack Sparrow. Special effects were great. Characters outstanding. But when the editing was finished I'll guess you could have eaten off the cutting room floor. (I know that is an archaic term in the age of digital motion pictures but you get my drift.) The scene where they are fighting while spinning in the maelstrom could have been half as long and would have produced a product with twice the impact. Instead of wondering who would have their heart cut out I began to consider the option myself, figuratively of course.
I spiritualize everything of course. So sitting there in the movie theater I began to empathize with my listeners who sit patiently while I wax eloquent about the building material for the tabernacle. I began to wonder if all those trips to the bathroom each Lord's Day is to empty the bladder or to send me a signal that the mind can only absorb as much as the behind can endure. So I sat while waiting for someone to fill Davey Jone's locker with their own heart once removed and made a pledge to my hearers this Sunday. I will not be "heartless" (pardon the pun) and leave them wanting to leave more than wanting to hear more...next week.