Every year, Easter tends to make me think of one awkward moment in a game of Scrabble.
I know, Easter and a board game are not two things people would typically think of at the same time, but this game of Scrabble was played sometime around Easter, 10 years ago, with other members of the Catholic student group at the University of Southern Mississippi.
I don't remember when in the game it got on the Scrabble board, but this guy realized he had the letters to spell out "voyeur" in a vertical fashion, and he made use of it. It gained him a lot of points, and was a great move.
But, then we come to the controversial part. A round later, the same Scrabble player, a large guy with seven middle names who came from a devoutly Catholic family, realized he had a "G" and a "D." He also realized no one had created a word branching off the "O" in "voyeur."
Down came the "G," and the "D," and, in what resembled a cross on the Scrabble board, religion suddenly sat at the intersection of "God" and "voyeur."
All of us who were playing in the game paused for a moment and looked at each other. Let's be honest, it was an awkward moment because we all thought something sacrilegious had just taken place.
Then some girl tried to break the silence with a bit of poorly executed levity. "Well, God does see everything we do, so he technically is a voyeur," she said. What followed was another silent pause, which was more awkward than the first.
We slowly turned and looked at her, and at least I was thinking to myself "Uh, You said it, not me, so you can be the one who gets struck by lightning."
God sees all that goes on, and knows all, but you have to remember the word "voyeur" has a salacious connotation.
I prefer to see God as an observer, or a guardian, who watches over us to see how we treat each other and other forms of life. As we prepare to celebrate Easter, we should remember that no matter where we go, or what we do, God will always know what we're doing.
No matter what religion we practice, we all believe in, and offer praise to, some higher being.
The being we choose to worship varies from religion to religion, but among the world's three major religions, Christianity, Islam and Judaism, the same general concept applies: The higher being is all-powerful and all-knowing.
If we live life with a mentality that we can do as we please, and suffer the consequences later, we must keep in mind who we will be answering to when our last day on Earth comes.
Now, I'm not going to go so far as to call God a voyeur, but we do have to remember the all-knowing part of his powers. In other words, God knows when you've been good, or bad. With that in mind, might I recommend you choose to be good. I don't have first-hand experience of what Hell is like, but I imagine it is not a place we'd like to go to in the afterlife.
That means be mindful of how you treat your elders, and your peers. While we may think we can run forever from our indiscretions, we ultimately have to answer to someone, or something, for our actions.
Maybe it was by the hand of God that his (or her) name ended up crossing "voyeur" in that Scrabble game so many years ago. Perhaps it was his way of saying, "I'm watching."
Curt Yeomans covers education for the Clayton News Daily. He can be reached via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.