January 19, 2006 @ 1:42 am by sean
Ben, a friend of Jeff’s, gave a follow-up message at youth group tonight and I really liked it. He brought up the familiar story of Jesus walking on water and Peter going out to meet him. And then Ben asked where our lake was. Peter had faith to do something Jesus invited him to do. Peter asked for Jesus permission to go out and do something he couldn’t do alone, something men can’t do, to face something that could injure him. Walking on water doesn’t need to be just h20, it can be any challenge one sees in this world and wishes to conquer. If one sees, say, people with some kind of addiction and wants to help, they can ask, ‘Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you and love and care for these people.’ And likely, Jesus will respond, ‘Come.’ Or if one sees a friend facing tough times and wants to help, or if one sees people without a home and wants to help them get on their feet, or if one sees a family losing hope from the death of a parent, or if one sees a country in the throws of mass-consumerism leading to an abandonment of moral character and a degredation of values in society and wants to change the world, I think it’s likely if one asks, Jesus will say, ‘Come.’ One of the important parts of the story, is that Jesus is not in the boat saying go there and do that, or stay here and be safe in here with me. He is outside of the boat on the rough water, he is asked by a disciple to join him, and he invites the disciple to be with him where it is dangerous. I’m not saying Jesus isn’t in the church, but the church isn’t the only place Jesus is.
I found this question rather substantial to a group of suburban, middle class and up white Americans because our lakes aren’t always as evident and often not even looked for. Sure, we have friend problems, and family problems, and school problems; but to have such problems can be a luxury for some. Some people have friend problems, family problems, and school problems, but they may not be as immediate concerns as having enough food for the week, or enough gas to get to work to buy food for the week, or finding a job that will accommodate them having to take a bus to work because they can’t afford a car to get to a more reliable job that will ease the concern of whether or not their will be sufficient food for just this week.
Often, nay, nearly always, I forget this life isn’t about me. This life isn’t about me getting over my problems, it isn’t about me getting over my doubts, it isn’t about me having a comfortable life, it isn’t about me having a good job, it isn’t about me having a good family. This life is about me making significant contributions to the general well being of all of man kind, regardless of the scale it is done on – the emphasis being on the significant contribution, not ‘me’ doing it. I would like to do it on a massive scale and change the world, or at least the people in the world that hold the majority of the influence. But instead I find myself fussing over what friend annoys me, or how much I wish my parents understood me, or how I wish I dressed more stylish, or that our full cabinets had something I wanted to eat, or that love would be just a bit easier, or that I wish things for England were more taken care of. Why do I waste my time with such concerns? I could be out making a substantial difference in this world, but instead I put my effort into me. I am my biggest problem in this life; I need to fix me before I can do anything; I need to be happy; I need to be successfull; I need to be comfortable. There is a world of opportunities out there, while I sit here in the boat pondering these trivial issues when Jesus is standing out there in the water waiting for me to ask him if I may be his companion making a difference in the dangerous world surrounding me. Sean Coté is the only factor preventing Sean Coté from changing the world.
Growing seems to happen through experiencing non-preferable circumstances, and I think we all know this and refuse to have a life that is worry free. Although the intent of many is apparently to obtain a worry free life, no matter how easy one’s life may be, there are always concerns and issues, no matter how trivial they may be. I think we may even create these problems in our lives, just so we have something. All the high school drama that takes place in an middle class public school, is quite vain compared not only to others just in their country, but to the majority of the rest of the world that tends to afford a remarkably lower standard of living.
This will likely be my last North American post for a while.
When I read Justin’s post and he mentioned it was open dorm, I was surprised to hear they had open dorm during Christmas break, and shouldn’t those people not be allowed to stay there? And then I remembered it’s me who is still on break, and not there living the Judson life.
I put these lyrics in here for me, as a reminder that there is hope for the issues I have in life if I have the right outlook. And that I don’t necessarily need to ignore these things, but I can ask Jesus for more responsibility to do much greater things than to only make my life better without putting so much concern on these largely frivolous concerns in my life. They’re excerpts from “Pig” by DMB.
Is this not enough
This blessed sip of life
Is it not enough
Staring down at the ground
Oh then complain and pray
more from above
Greedy little pig
Stop just watch your world trickle away
Wash out this tired notion
That the best is yet to come
There are bad times
But that’s ok
Just look for love in it
What point could there be troubling
Head down wondering what will
become of me
Take your hands from your eyes, my love
Everything must end some time
Don’t burn the day away