In a scene from Monty Python’s “The Meaning of Life”, the maître d’ persuades a big man—who insists he’s already full—to eat a “wafer-thin mint”. The man explodes! Haha! Somebody visited my house once. She finally gave in to the craving; she popped one M&M. When she sat back down, CRASH!—the chair detonated! Down she went. Immediately (after assuring she was okay), I made the Monty Python reference.
A friend joined us tonight. (No M&M’s, but we had Good & Plenty!) He told us of a friend who is in need of an intervention. Others have made attempts to no avail, and he’s thinking of giving it a go.
This is a picture of Christ. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. … the Son of Man has come to save that which was lost.
It’s like walking on the beach with grains of sand in your sandal: you shake your foot every other step; this goes on for a few minutes. Finally, your partner intervenes: they ask if you’re part of the Ministry of Silly Walks (also a la Monty Python). Duh. You stop for two seconds, and shake out your shoe.
It’s that wafer-thin mint: someone has a chronic problem, and so far no one’s been able to help. My buddy wants to insert himself—in hopes of changing the status quo. (Another movie reference: “National Treasure.”) It takes an outside influence to change the status; static; standstill; stationary; stagnant.
We discussed intervention. Our consensus was that one-on-one is better, but he says there have already been a series of those. He can’t tell whether he’d make a difference. I totally get that: I, too, have dealt with the stubborn, the hurtful, the addicted.
What does it take to rock their world? Maybe the corpulent cracker crumbler needs a wafer-thin mint—in the form of family members around a table. If that doesn’t work, one of them can get him in a headlock, while another grabs his shoe; and the rest can start shaking.