Words from Dic(tionary)
Adjust (v): alter or move slightly in order to achieve the desired fit, appearance or result
“Adjust” is to “evolve” what “wisdom” is to “intelligence.”
In other words, if you’re waiting for our species to evolve to more enlightened places or to grow gills so we can swim in the ocean, it is likely you won’t be around for the experience.
So I don’t know why people even TALK about evolution. After all, the best we can do is adjust. Not evolve.
Having been a fat man all my life, I find that it’s impossible for me to evolve into a slender fellow. I work very hard to make sure that my children are not carrying the destructive tendency of obesity, but for me, everything is about adjusting.
- Adjusting my food choices.
- Adjusting my calorie intake.
- Adjusting some exercise into the mix.
- And also adjusting an awareness of my mortality so I can keep a sense of humor about my prospects.
So while the rest of the world discusses the theory of evolution (which none of us actually can see unfold within our own lifetime) what we should be fostering is the art of adjusting.
What have I adjusted to in my lifetime?
In my lifetime, blacks and whites have become equal. They weren’t before.
In my lifetime, women have been allowed to discuss their rights without ridicule.
In my lifetime, we have made adjustments in medicine, to learn how to control conditions that used to kill people in a very few short years.
In my lifetime, gas has gone from 39 cents to $3.90 cents a gallon.
You see, not ALL adjustments are pretty, nor are all of them proven to be historically necessary. But we do the best we can.
And hopefully, if we continue to believe in free will, creativity and keep a sense of good cheer about ourselves and others, our adjustments may just take us to the passage that will not only help us understand ourselves … but begin to embrace the heart of God.