The Fault In Our Stars – little infinities

Posted On Jun 17 2014 by
Photo from Flickr Commons - Rivera Notario
Photo from Flickr Commons – Rivera Notario

So, like I’ve said here recently, I’ve read John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars and seen the movie. Yes, I’m a bit of a YA geek, but who says 47 isn’t young?

Theme – Little Infinities

In both the book and the movie, a despicable drunk of a man utters what is the theme of the story, later embellished by our heroine: Between two numbers, there are infinite other numbers. Between 1 and 2, for example, there is 1.1, 1.01, 1.0001, and so on. We’re all given infinite points of time in our lives. Some infinities are just smaller than others.

While that bit of philosophy was meant to offer comfort to a teenager dying of cancer, it serves as a reminder to all of us that God has given us each an infinite number of points in our lives. Some infinities are smaller than others, but how we use them is how our lives will be defined.

Anne Frank – the symbolism

In The Fault in Our Stars, the two main characters, Hazel and Gus, visit the house of Anne Frank. This is not a convenience of story-telling. Green is too good an author for that. The symbolism is clear. They visit Anne’s house shortly after hearing the “infinities” line from Hazel’s author hero.

Anne Frank was given a much shorter infinity than most of us, but the way she used what she was given has been touching lives ever since.

My post today is a simple one. A short infinity if you will. You don’t have to be a teenager dying of cancer, or a young girl murdered during a holocaust. You may be a 30 year old mom or a 90 year old great-grandfather. The infinite points remaining in your lifetime may be shorter than others or longer, but you still have those infinite points.

How will you use them? What if I told you that God would evaluate your life based on the next five minutes? After all, there are an infinite number of points in those five minutes. Surely we can use them wisely, and in a way that will impact another life.

Give it some thought. And don’t squander those little infinities.

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Last Updated on: June 18th, 2014 at 6:26 am, by Ron

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Just about everything I believe has been shaped by the written word. But books don't force a belief; they stir the imagination so that you, the reader, eventually draw your own conclusions. We grow richer in spirit when we read, deeper in our understanding of the universe and our role in it. That's why I read. That's why I write. To offer you a bit of myself. Come along on my journey, won't you? There's plenty of room.

2 responses to “The Fault In Our Stars – little infinities

  1. I have to remind myself every day. Chronic illness does that to you – but it is amazing how my mind wants to use its good time to play and do social stuff on the web – as if we had all day.

    I want to herd it into the corral to write with it.

    Eventually I win. And, brain and I, we write some that day. Some of it even final-version fiction.

    It is what I want to spend my good time on (certainly not housekeeping) – and I thank the good Lord every day that I can, and that I was able to teach myself how (in an embarrassingly large number of years, but I’d still be this old if I hadn’t made the attempt, wouldn’t I?).

    It is my little refuge every day – time to write.

    • My mind tries to drag me away as well, Alicia. I’m only 47, but it’s around that age that you realize you’re time on this Earth is limited. Why wasted a second of it? Of course, I still do, but my real joy comes from pursuing something that I know God has placed on my heart, like writing. If I’m still bent over a keyboard at 99, I’ll consider myself a fortunate man.