Posted by: ritagone | May 8, 2019

A Few In Sardis

No, it’s not a movie or book title.

It’s a potential book title, a title that I came up with decades ago for a book I wanted to write but never have.  It’s a pretty spectacular book title, I think, based on Revelation 3:1-6, Sardis being the one church which is not commended at all in the listing of the seven churches spoken to by Jesus, He who holds the seven stars in His right hand and tells these churches their good and bad points.   To Sardis (the ruins of the city which are pictured), Jesus says: “I know your works, that you have a name that you are alive, but you are dead.  Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die, for I have not found your works perfect before God. Remember therefore how you have received and heard; hold fast and repent.  Therefore if you will not watch, I will come upon you as a thief, and you will not know what hour I will come upon you. You have a few names even in Sardis who have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with Me in white, for they are worthy.”

And so I condensed the text “You have a few names even in Sardis” to “A few in Sardis” for a book title that I thought was provocative and would certainly want to make me read further if I saw that title in a book store.

Except that I never got any further.  The best idea so far has been the title.  In fact, I think it’s such a good title that I checked to see if there is a book with that title; there doesn’t seem to be.  So I’ve still got an opportunity to write the story to go with the incredibly good title.

Life is a lot like this, isn’t it?  You come up with a great book title, and then…you’re stuck.  Nothing comes after that.  Blank. Nada.  Of course, it’s understandable that a great book title isn’t so great unless there’s something coming after it, like, a lot of other words that mean something!  What would the substance be around the title “A Few In Sardis”?  What does the title mean, how does it apply to life and whatever I want to say? I guess I don’t know the answer to that, which is why I haven’t yet been able to create the writing to go with the title.

Or, applied in any number of other ways, you’re off to a great start on some project, some enterprise, but then it fizzles, and there’s nothing after the glowing beginning.  A relationship, a job, a task, a study of some sort, anything that will take hard work and dedication, commitment, adherence to the mission.  It’s easier to start than it is to finish; this I learned when I came up with the book title and then couldn’t find the rest of the book to go with it.

So I’ve got my work cut out for me, don’t I?

In the meantime, isn’t that a great book title?

I’m on my way!!!


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