Here’s a train of thought for ya:
I don’t have anything new to say right now. Really, that is too bad. I’m in the back of a vehicle somewhere between Atlanta and Home-Sweet-Michigan. Perfect time to be productive. The vehicle is full of my family. At least none of them smell more than mildly funny. A wedding. That was the reason for our presence in Atlanta. Weddings in general aren’t usually my favorite. I’m all for celebrating a joyous occasion and supporting…
…mountains. We are driving through mountains and I want to stop and climb one…
…a happy moment in a friend’s life but I think I’d rather switch a letter and attend a welding. That’s probably my fault. I suppose I could choose to enjoy sitting in a chair for a while and then dancing with people I don’t know and will never see again. I’m told some people do enjoy that kind of thing. Sometimes it’s called, “Clubbing,” which, contrary to my first thought, actually has nothing to do with primitive seal hunting.
I hope my wedding will be interesting. I hope it will involve raccoons, Highland piping, and an athletic contest of some sort.
That is… assuming I get to that point in life. Then there’s that. Weddings make a mind think about the future. Unless you’re old. Then you probably think about the past. Don’t tell my mom I said that. She doesn’t like it when people talk about being old.
So… futuristic thoughts. That’s annoying because it doesn’t take me long to think about my personal future. It usually goes, “I dunno. Dangit now I’m stressed out,” and it’s done. A friend of mine recently posted a blog post echoing those thoughts, albeit in a more eloquent fashion. I have too. Come to think of it… In the past two weeks I have read at least many different articles/blogs/things about being a twenty-something who follows Jesus and thinks about their uncertain future. It usually goes like:
“I’m a Christian twenty-something and I’ve graduated college and my some of my friends are getting married but I’m not so I feel lame and I have a job but no real career direction so I feel lame about that too but then I stop and realize that life is about making the most of where I am now and following God’s will for my life now instead of worrying about future plans because the future happens when it will and spending time dwelling on it now is pointless.”
Yeah. That’s me. Hand raised and situation acknowledged. It’s an important mindset to get right, especially as someone who follows Jesus Christ. I’m not able to do effective work for the kingdom of God in the present if I’m not trusting God with things that aren’t happening yet.
That’s not what I’m writing about though. It’s been written about. We are aware of it. My question is, “What’s the big deal?” Firstly, why is this the case? Are we bored with the formula we have been handed? Have a bunch of young people like me decided that there is more to life than “Education, Work, Retirement” but haven’t yet figured out what that something more is (or are stuck somewhere working because of money owed to the government thanks to stupid expensive college?)
Secondly, is this a problem? Some might say so. Some would say that it’s selfish to want more out of life than a job that makes money and a family. They might say something like, “We live in America. Time to suck it up and just make a contribution to society. No, writing stuff on the internet that no one reads doesn’t count.” Now, I do have a job. It’s a fun job. I get to teach highschool kids how to play fun music and play basketball. They look up to me. I get to love them and be a role model. That’s the real reason I do it. The youth need role models. They need Jesus. I can at least give them that.
It’s not a career though. It would never support a family. Heck, thanks to the chunk of cash I give back to the government every month it barely supports meself. (Here’s a tip, kids. Don’t go to expensive college just cause it’s the thing to do after high-school even if your parents say so. It’s not worth it anymore.) So is it a problem that I would rather do something to advance the lives of others even if it means I have to live at home off the grace of my parents? Living at home is kinda lame after all…
But then I realize that I’m just rambling on stuff that doesn’t really matter.
You know what I think a problem is? All the church-going folks who go to work every day, earn money so they can support themselves and their families, and don’t share the gospel with anyone. Hey, if you believe Jesus saved you then it’s time to repent and follow him. That’s what matters. I know why so many people don’t. I know why I often choose not to. It’s scary. Sharing the gospel is inconvenient. It will cause people to dislike you. It will cause friction in your community. It could cause you to die.
But you know, it’s worth it. When somebody realizes that they need saving, when they realize that Jesus is the only one who can save them, when they find that new life. That’s worth anything. In my case, it’s definitely worth living at home after college and putting up with my parents. Maybe someday I’ll go share the gospel in some far-off place. Maybe not. The important thing is that I find a way to do it wherever I am.
One more thing. We need to do it together. We are the church. We need to act as a body.
Yeah, sometimes we will fail because it’s scary and we are human but we gotta try.