Next Things Next


It wasn’t that Herman didn’t believe in last words or finalities. He just didn’t accept them, at least not insofar as the human intellect was concerned — and mouse intellect too. To Herman, life was a process. It was an ongoing drama with occasional, comedic intermissions. And as long as there was life, there would always be an opportunity to take a next step or consider something new.


God tells His people to call Him and he will answer. He promises to share secrets about great and unsearchable things we do not yet know (Jer 33:3).

“Why would anyone ever say that they’ve reached the end of knowledge?” the little mouse often wondered. “Why would they ever say that their science was settled, that they were no longer curious, and that there was nothing new for them to learn?”

To Herman, life was an adventure, and learning was its first cousin! Every life was precious and everyday was a taste of eternity— a gift from God.


Herman understood that he could be a little “philosophical” at times. He didn’t consider that one of his a stronger points. That’s probably why he was such a big fan of Yogi Berra (no relationship to the cartoon character named Yogi Bear. — pun intended), the New York Yankees Hall of Fame catcher and popular folk philosopher. Yogi reportedly once told a news reporter at a baseball game, “It ain’t over ‘til it’s over.”

That’s one of the things he admired about his buddy Paul, an engineer and scientist. Paul never seemed to come to the end of his thoughts. Each idea gave birth to a new idea, and one project was built on the experience of a previous project.

That about summed life up for Herman. Don’t declare “finalities” too soon. It’s not over until it really is actually over. While you have breath, you have life. Keep playing the game. Keep trying. Never give up!


Consider what we’re saying here. This story is bigger than a baseball game or a science lesson. It’s actually about who you are and what you’re doing with your life. There’s another step for you to take. With that step, what would you like to start, stop, or change doing in your life? Don’t accept fake finalities. You can do it!

That’s our story and we’re sticking to it. It’s cool to be Catholic. COOL2B!

In Christ.

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