“I’m a man of means, by no means…King of the Road.” Roger Miller recorded that song back in 1964. And I remember hearing it on the radio in my Dad’s car. To this day I can probably sing along with all the lyrics. If you’ve never listened to it, you’ve missed out.
But Mr. Miller’s king of the road was a hobo.
Yeah, that’s what they used to call guys who roamed around with no visible means of support. Hobos. And vagrants. And would you believe they’d arrest them and/or “encourage” them to leave town?
Uh-huh. Times have sure changed.
But I’m not talking about the street zombies right now. I wanna get back to that whole king of the road thing. But I also wanna go way beyond “the road.” Let’s get down to business. Why stop at “the road” when there’s a whole universe out there?
But if you’re gonna be king, it’s a good idea to know what you’re king of…and how it works.
So, here’s what I shared about that…
“First off, you’re gonna need to know how to get the universe going in the first place. And you’ll need a rough idea of how long your materials can last and what they’ll be made of.
Next…get yourself some awesome light sources, water, oxygen, and as many of the elements as you can. You’ll need them to build the right kinds of planets, moons, suns, and other heavenly bodies to form a functioning and cohesive universe. After all…we don’t want it to just splatter all over the place, do we?
Now…if you have all those ingredients, here’s something to ponder…at least for a few minutes or so. You need to have what marketers call an “end game”. In other words, you must answer these two questions…
- What do you want the final product to look like? and…
- Why do you want to bring it into existence?
OK…got that stuff figured out? Good.”
Sounds easy so far, right?
Of course, you’re gonna need to know how to control the elements. Because they can be pretty darn glitchy. Minor details like how much gravity, oxygen, water, and sunlight will you need.
Uh, wait a second. This is starting to sound like a lot of work. Maybe it’s best just to be you and leave that whole king of the universe idea alone. And…
In the best of times, where’s the challenge?
In the worst of times, where’s your choice?
And in the fevered pitch, where’s the silence?
When the love is breached, where’s the voice?
Could you have your very life taken from you
While the world stood at your feet?
Wouldn’t that completely stop and numb you?
Wouldn’t you admit defeat?
Well, thank God He didn’t leave it up to you…
Thank God He didn’t leave it up to you.
In the darkest hours, who’s your Father?
And in the scheme of things, who’s the One?
In the best laid plans, who’s the Spirit?
When your heart is healed, who’s the Son?
Could you let your very blood be taken
For your friends who’d run away?
Wouldn’t all your faith and hope be shaken?
Would you even think to pray?
Thank God He didn’t leave it up to you…
Yes, thank God He didn’t leave it up to you.
© 2009 Tony Funderburk
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