A week ago I had the pleasure of meeting my
Ray Bradbury is a master of
science fiction, and reading his stories
was a big part of my childhood. For those who aren’t familiar with his
work, he wrote exciting books like The Martian Chronicles,
Dandelion Wine, Fahrenheit 451,
and many others. His stories range from fantastic to creepy and are
guaranteed to keep a young boy up all night reading with a flashlight
under the covers!
Mr. Bradbury recently turned
ninety-one. A friend of mine who knew
him invited me over to Mr. Bradbury’s house. I was thrilled to accept
When I walked through the front
door of his quaint, 1950s home, I
was stunned. It was like physically stepping into his imagination!
Dinosaurs and toys, books and strange artifacts, ancient movie posters
and artwork from the covers of some of my favorite books were
everywhere. It was seeing his personal toy box . . . each item
providing the source of inspiration for everything he’s ever written.
I was dumbfounded.
I was reminded of one of my
favorite Ray Bradbury quotes. He’s often
encouraged young people to “Do what you love and love what you do.” He
said that when he was growing up, he decided to be a writer and never
gave up on that dream. He wrote almost every day of his life, even when
he had hardly enough money to survive. To him, doing the thing you were
born to do was the most important thing in life. And as he celebrates
ninety-one years of sticking to that conviction, it raises some
What is it that you believe God
wants you to do? Have you ever
stopped and considered the talents He’s blessed you with? What is it
that you would do, even if nobody paid you to do it? And, most
important, how can you use that thing to bring Him more glory?
When we are young, our minds are
open to all kinds of possibilities.
Sometimes, as we grow older, we’re told to let go of those dreams and
focus on other things. I believe that God puts desires in our hearts,
because He’s made each one of us unique and wants us to use our
talents. And it’s never too late to start using them!
what you do comes from a
place of love, it stands a very good
chance of aligning with God’s will. After all, He’s the embodiment of
I shook Mr. Bradbury’s aged hand and told
him how much he meant to me, he smiled and thanked me. Then he asked me
to do something I never expected. He asked me to read him the prologue
of one of his books, a collection called The Stories of Ray
The prologue was eight or nine
pages long and was filled with
stories about his life, why he wrote his stories, and his convictions
about the reasons for living. At times it was hard to keep reading
because I would find myself overwhelmed with emotion. I was able to ask
him questions as I read, and he answered them as best as he was able,
sometimes with a faraway look in his eyes as he recalled a wonderful
memory or event.
When I finished reading, he
looked at me and told me that it was
good. And I realized that he wasn’t just talking about his writing. He
was talking about the way he had lived his life. It was good. He was
happy. He had done what he loved to do.
Let’s think about the good gifts
God has given us and the way we can
spend our time while we’re here on earth. It truly is a wonderful life.
Happy Birthday, Mr. Bradbury.
I sincerely hope you live