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The Aftermath

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I took a journey of 40 days without television to focus on some spiritual things. I have completed that journey and learn a few things in the process. #1 being the discipline one can find by just adding even the slightest bit of restraint to one’s life. Other things that surprised me though were a little more complex. When I blocked out one area of my life another would seem to flourish, but additionally other areas would seem to suffer.

The first two weeks were cake, but the last three were very trying not because I was tempted to watch TV. I could have cared less. Instead it was a temptation to fill my life with other means of entertainment and addiction I think we all share. Sure it may not be tv, but movies, music, video games, the gossip column, the Internet, or even your friends can all fall into this category. It becomes our methods of escape from reality.

This revelation made me question a lot about myself. Am I needing to escape? Am I running from something? The answer was a clear yes, but the “why” is left to more study. I don’t view my life as bad. As a matter of fact it is quite good. My family is awesome. I enjoy my job. I have financial stability, which is saying a lot in the world today. I think the “why” didn’t come to me until I sat down to write this blog today. One word came to mind, helplessness.

Entertainment happens in a controlled environment, even when we think it is out of control. If we don’t like something we turn it off or we simply restart the level for another chance. Couple this with the fact that humanity has a God-given nature compelling us to subdue the world around us. Genesis 1:28 be fruitful, multiply, and and subdue the earth. It was God’s first commandment to man.
It’s not my nature needing to change as much as my application of that nature. And truthfully I may not be able to change everything as easily in the real world (subduing the world seems to be the impossible task)…but I certainly can change more of it if I am spending less time escaping it.

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July 24th, 2009 at 12:49 pm

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Jeopardy (Day 22)

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72102419SW006_Celebrity_JeoI have been reading A LOT over the last few weeks. Not magazines and RSS feeds, but old books and excerpts. When I stopped TV, late nights, and other various unproductive activities, I was expecting to find an answer to something. Well I’m basically 3 weeks in and all I have is a growing mountain of questions. At first I said to myself, “how stressful!” but after a while the questions become less demanding. Let me give you an example. Ask yourself, “what do I do next?” You’ve probably asked yourself this question a thousand times, but if you are like me you have probably never noticed how destructive this question really is. If you are asking yourself what is next, you are putting yourself at a standstill. That is a pretty demanding set of five words don’t you think? I mean, you really can’t move until you answer it. So we find ourselves stuck…waiting on answers.

There is hope though and here is a discovery that will hopefully help you as much as it did me. Just stop looking for answers altogether. But, start looking for questions. Make your journey about understanding something besides yourself. Live life like it had nothing to do with you. Carry on conversations with a stranger. Stop dominating your mind with questions about yourself. Be in search of the misunderstood things in life. One thing I’ve learned about God in the past few weeks is a lack of an answer doesn’t have to prevent us from understanding. Most of time the question is being answered before we ever ask it. The real freedom is not in the answer, but in knowing the right questions to ask…like Jeopardy.

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July 4th, 2009 at 8:58 pm

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Social Justice (Day 4)

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Do you ever have those moments you say, “I was meant for this?” Well I had one of those over the last few days. I was doing some reading as a part of the fast and over the last two days two scriptures jumped out at me:

turn your swords into shovels – Isaiah 2:4

the other speaks of a time that God looking for justice, but saw bloodshed; for righteousness, but heard cries of distress. – Isaiah 5:7

I’ve read Isaiah many times before. I’ve counted it a large influence on the terminology in my life (I’ve pulled a name or two from its passages). Not to read everything as a sign, but the the past few weeks have felt like God expects action on certain issues. And I don’t think there has been a better time in history than now for the actions described. We’ve never before been so well equipped to fight for greater things and the rights of others. Ending hunger is a bloodless effort, finding clean alternatives to energy is a bloodless battle, and social justice is a bloodless war. So what good reason can anyone give me for apathy?

As my life progresses, I am fortunate to work more and more towards my passions. This spoke volumes to me that there is more action to take than I once thought.

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June 17th, 2009 at 6:07 pm

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