Saturday, May 10, 2014

Embarrassment, or not so much?

"Oh! And this part of ________ movie...that was so great. Remember _______? *laughs and looks at you to say something about movie or song or book that they just menioned*"

I just laugh along with whatever they are talking about, even though I have no clue. Or it turns out like this:
"I haven't seen that one."
"You haven't WHAT?! You deprived child!"

And it hurts. Kind of. And it's embarrassing. Sort of. And I guess because of not seeing Star Wars or reading Harry Potter, I am deprived and immature and weird. (Just to clarify, I do not have anything against either of those two things and now you probably do think I'm weird.)

I grew up without a TV in the house. I grew up without listening to the latest music and reading the popular books. But that does not mean I grew up without music or books; it's in our blood, we love music and books. My parents just wanted us to put good things into our ears and eyes and minds. And so we grew gardens and went on hikes and read good books and played music. We ate homegrown meals as a family around the table every single day. We had a little bit of cream with our coffee and a bit of bread with our butter. We shared jokes. We didn't always get along with each other and we picked fights. But we prayed together and worshiped together. We studied God's word together and we went to Africa together.

My parents taught (and still teach) us to do what is worthy, to live wholly and to love God. They taught us right from wrong, but gave us free will as we grew older, knowing that we would essentially have to choose how we would live. But they still encouraged and taught. Sometimes I didn't understand why I couldn't go here or there or stay out late with friends, but now I am thankful that my parents taught me to be responsible, thoughtful, compassionate and faithful. My life has been far from perfect, but it has been governed by The One who is.

So I might get embarrassed when I don't know what a book or movie is, but I am not at all embarrassed that my mind is not filled with ugly words or corrupt images. The goal of a Christian should be to become like Christ, and that is no easy task of humility, love, being ridiculed and persecution. I like the way a missionary friend put it "If your life as a Christian is easy, then you're doing something wrong." However, that is not saying that we cannot be happy or peaceful. That is saying that we are to constantly strive to be like Christ.

So the next time you don't know what it is someone is talking about, don't be embarrassed, I'm positive you know stuff that they haven't a clue about. What is popular isn't always right and what is right isn't always popular. Thank you, Albert Einstein, for reminding us of that thought.

I apologize if this post is kind of disorganized. These thoughts have been on my mind a lot lately and it makes me sad when young people fall into peer pressure just to be liked or accepted, or that people have to be a certain way or read certain books or watch certain movies to be accepted. Go out there and STAND. 
Stand for Christ. 
Tell of His greatness. 
Ask questions. 
Never give up. 
Determine to live wholly. 

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