From The Storyteller
Hello All: This story started in one direction and ended up in a totally unexpected place. Enjoy, Doug
“When you have reached your own room, be kind to those who have chosen different doors”, is a quote from C.S. Lewis’ book Mere Christianity. When I came across this quote, I immediately thought of the biblical phrase from Matthew 7:7, “Knock and the door will be opened to you”, and then about the many doors I had already passed through in my life.
I smiled when I realized that virtually all of those doors opened into “rooms” that had more doors, one of which I would ultimately have to open. A few of the more important doors in my life required that I walk through that doorway alone. They include the day I joined the Air Force, my first day of law school, and my move from Kansas to Texas, because these doors really changed the direction of my life.
I found myself laughing aloud when I realized each of us will continue walking through doors until we pass through the door of which Matthew 7 speaks. It was then that I imagined being in a huge hall with an infinite number of doors. The hall was full of people, and each of them was searching for “their” personal door by physically knocking on door after door. As many as they tried, none opened.
Then I envisioned the room’s focus shifting from people hunting for “their” door, to people simply helping each other as they waited for their own door to open. It was only then that doors began opening for individuals, and they were able go through. It was at that point I realized what the message is: When we are helping others, we are actually knocking on that Matthew 7 door.
Moral: Finding your door begins by helping others find theirs.