Hauser: Why Humpty Dumpty? Part I

"Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall. Humpty Dumpty had a great fall. All the king's horses and all the king's men, couldn't put Humpty back together again."...

"Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall. Humpty Dumpty had a great fall. All the king's horses and all the king's men, couldn't put Humpty back together again."

I have a burning question for Humpty: Why was an egg-shaped character like you sitting on a dangerous wall like that? I know that hindsight is 20/20, but I can't determine any scenario where this seems like a good idea!

Perhaps he would admit he got caught up in the pursuit of popularity. This was his chance to be famous; to be on the front of People magazine; to be on The Today Show. Maybe, he simply wanted enough popularity to be accepted; to have some friends. He met some characters that were into extreme wall climbing and he just wanted to be a part.

Perhaps he was in pursuit of possessions. He was offered excellent money to pull off a stunt like this. Maybe wall climbers were in great demand and although it wasn't a good fit for his strengths, he always wanted to make more than the rest of his family. He knew what it was like to grow up without much money and this was his chance to be rich.

Perhaps this was a requirement of him continuing to hold the dream position that he had always wanted and worked so hard for. "Mr. Dumpty, under the new administration, if you are going to keep your job of Chief Egg Resource Officer, once a quarter you must sit on that wall!"

And, maybe his thirst for pleasure got the best of him. Since his teenage years he was so intrigued and drawn to wall climbing; always wondering what the view from atop the wall, with the wind blowing over his shell, would be like.

It seems crazy that an egg would decide to sit on top of a dangerous wall. But, how much are we like Humpty Dumpty? I like being accepted and having friends. I like to make money. It was a great day when I bought my first car--a 1977 VW Rabbit with plush vinyl seats and AM radio. But, my next car was nicer. And my next car even nicer. And now I have Satellite radio, heated leather seats and climate control in my vehicle. When I walked away from a successful electrical engineering career it was a tough pill to swallow. I had an expertise in high-voltage substation design that very few people have. God gave me some strengths. He opened some doors, and I worked hard to get to where I was at. How was I to give that up? I have chased after pleasures, most of them morally neutral, but some came with negative consequences.

How much is enough? When are we satisfied? Just one more time, one more purchase, one more one-night stand, one more compromise, one more month of this schedule, one more big paycheck. Someday, God, I will tell him the truth, tell her I am sorry, ask for forgiveness, focus on my family, grow my faith, or risk rejection...someday.

Our pursuits in life determine our destiny. What are you pursuing? Who are you pursuing? "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness for they will be filled." Let's continue our discussion next Sunday! God bless you!

Hauser is the founding and senior pastor at Prairie Heights Community Church in Fargo-Moorhead and can be reached at www.jonhauser.com