19 September 2008

A Challenge

Most media-aware Americans will know where the quote, "With great power comes great responsibility" comes from. (Interestingly, the actual quote is apparently longer: "With great power there must also come great responsibility.") Those same media-aware Americans may not know that the sentiment behind the quote is hardly original:

From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked. (Luke 12:48, NIV)

From today's Boundless article:

American culture works overtime to keep us as childish as possible for as long as possible. We're supposed to spend far more than we can afford, and to look to others to make everything work out OK, somehow. We're supposed to seek our personal gratification above everything else, to find much it in possessions and entertainment, and to jettison relationships that don't deliver what we want.

I really can't add much to this. (Note that this won't stop me from trying.) Please, grow up: consider that video games and tech toys and TV shows and movies and ... the list continues... are probably not the best and most mature way to invest all of your free time. Budget. Plan your finances. Don't go into debt to get a bunch of fun stuff you can't really afford, because (if nothing else) that rhinoceros on your back won't be too pleasant a few years from now. Consider that maybe life isn't only about getting your way, about making yourself happy, about people doing what you want them to do. Consider that... maybe every so often not getting your way might actually have more intrinsic value that if you'd gotten your way, despite the unmistakable and undeniable pain, frustration, and annoyance it represents.

Tell yourself, "It's not all about me." Observe your reaction. Mull.

We are given freedom in this country. We are entrusted with it. Freedom is power, the power to choose what we do with our time, our lives. How we interact with and influence the people and the world around us. I won't try to deny that making oneself happy has immediate appeal, and immediate payback. But I challenge you, dear reader(s?), to consider that perhaps there's more to life than that.

My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. (John 15:12-13, NIV)

"Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?" Jesus replied: " 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' " (Matthew 22:36-39, NIV)

13 September 2008

Just In Case There's Dispute About This In Your Circle Of Friends

The answer is here.

(This is relevant to the cookies I baked today. See? It all makes sense in the end.)