Get mad about something

Get mad about something

One of the most wonderful and misunderstood things about Jesus is that He came to set up free from all the rules and regulations of religion. In Luke 4:14-20 Jesus quotes the book of Isaiah 61 and says He has come to set the captives free. 1 Corinthians 10:23-31 also talks about being set free from all rules.

Jesus also said that He came so that we may have "life, and have it to the full" - John 10:10

The thing is that while we have been set free, our society tells us that in order to have that freedom there is a few things that we need to do first. We must first go to school, then high school, then University, then get a job and chase the goals set out for us. Until one day we wake up at the 'top' and realize that it's rather empty and we've missed out on living life because we have been so focused on the 'success' that was dangled in front of us.

Take a look at this video to get an idea of what I'm talking about.

Now it would be great if we could just dance and sing our way through life, and actually I think we can a lot more than we do but obviously life isn't always quite that easy or simple. Like a good story, there are challenges and triumphs, obstacles and celebrations, opportunities and disappointments all along the way.

We know life is a challenge and the bible doesn't hide that either. 1 Peter 4:12-13 says it rather straight when it tells us not to be surprised when life is hard.. James also tells us to count it joy when we face trials (James 1:2-3)

I came across a good video about perseverance while cruising around the web. Check this out.

Life = risk - I love that! it's so true. But risk doesn't always mean failure, it just means that we need to step out and take hold of something that we maybe haven't done before, or is a new endeavor. The key is that it probably wont be easy to do, hence there is risk involved. Like the first time you ride a bike, the first time you ask someone out on a date, the first job interview, playing a game etc. The risk will vary from a little disappointment that only lasts a short time, to something a lot more serious or even death.

I once heard it said that "nothing in life worth doing is every easy" and I like that saying. If it was easy, everyone would be doing it.

Another quote I like is from Edmound Burke goes a little something like this:

"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing."

And this quote got me thinking about where I invest my life. If life = risk then what are the risks I'm taking and who will they benefit? When the risk is big, who will be the benefactor? if I was to risk my life, what and who would it be fore? for example, if the risk was that I would end up in jail, would it be because I was trying to tell people about the love and joy of knowing God, or would it be because I wanted more money and robbed a bank? see what I'm getting at? Life is full of opportunity, challenge, and risk so what am I'm going out on a limb for?

Now having said all that, I dare say that a lot of us have become so complacent that we don't even care for taking risks. For me, I'm a little sick of living in a world where to have been told that everyone is an island, and what it good for you is your business and so long as you don't tell me what to do, it doesn't matter. Unfortunately that isn't the case and Human Beings need each other. We rely on others to grow our food while we offer other services. We are made for relationship, and with that being the case, we all have an impact on each other. Our choices are not just our own, they will influence those around us. I'm tired of the world being sold a lie that nothing else matters expect what I can get for myself. And so I'm not going to take that any more. I'm going to stand up for the truth and I'm going to do my best to see that truth come about in this world.

There is a story in the bible about Davids mightily men. 2 Samuel 23:8-12 lists three of these men. The last guy takes up a fight against the enemy in a Lentil patch. I don't know why it was in a Lentil patch but I suspect that as the army was retreating, he was running back over this lentil patch and something in him clicked. Something in him snapped as he ran over perhapes his own field, or maybe it was his friends or uncles field. At that moment he turned around and said "ok that's enough, I'm not going to let you have this field. Enemy - you've taken to much and you can NOT have this lentil patch" Of course I'm guessing at what went through his head, but something did. I wonder if it was anything like this guy in this video where he gets "mad as hell" about the way the world is going. Check this out:

Mad As Hell! Kinetic Typography from Aaron Leming on Vimeo.

In that video, the guy speaking doesn't really know what the solution is, or even who the battle is against but I do. Ephesians 6:12  tells me that "For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms."

The world, the people living all over the earth, are not the enemy. They are people just like you and I who have been sold a lie and they don't know anything else to compare that lie with. They have been sold a lie that says life is all about me and what I can get. that life is about doing what I want and that stuff will solve the gapping hole I feel inside. But that isn't the real truth. It's not the truth that will set them free. The problem is that they haven't ever heard the real truth.

So here is my challenge to you. What is it that makes you mad, and are you willing to take some risks to see that situation made better? Knowing that the world is being sold a lie, like in the first video, and that life = risk, what will actually move you to make a difference? what would it take to see a passion rise inside you until you are mad as hell and will take a risk.

To wrap this up. Jesus says in Matthew 28:20 that He will be with us until the very ends of the earth.

If you weren't sold on question of who you would take a risk for, have a think about Matthew 16:24-25
" 24Then Jesus said to his disciples, "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. 25For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it."

7 comments (Add your own)

1. Michael wrote:
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Thu, September 10, 2009 @ 2:54 PM

2. Penny wrote:
Perpetual devotion to what a man calls his business, is only to be sustained by perpetual neglect of many other things.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

Sat, September 12, 2009 @ 11:48 AM

3. Hayden wrote:
Interesting quote. Do you think that is also true if, like so many of us our 'business' is apathy and indifference? I suspect in the developed world, where we are handed everything in three easy steps, that we don't care to take up a fight about anything. And so we all devote our lives to the business of apathy and indifference with the result being 'neglect of many other things'

Tue, September 15, 2009 @ 9:56 AM

4. Penny wrote:
Interesting thought. I do believe that some of this stems from the economic rationalism of the late 80s and early 90s, which focused heavily on individual responsibility. Nothing wrong with individual responsibility but the downside is that many people now seem to believe that it is stupid to care about anything outside their own circle of concern. So in the 60s,70s and early 80s, people rioted about the Vietnam War and the Springbok students riot in Dunedin because they feel like it and it's fun. It is rather unfashionable to care about anything other than yourself.

Or...maybe it is because we are now deluged with those images of war, death and destruction everywhere we turn and people simply get overwhelmed and switch off.

On that note quote of the day from Aldous Huxley

I wanted to change the world. But I have found that the only thing one can be sure of changing is oneself.

Fri, September 18, 2009 @ 9:12 AM

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