I took approximately a week and a half off. Boy did it feel good. For one of those weeks, there was no wifi. (I highly recommend going where there is no wifi – really disconnect for a week – you are guaranteed to feel better). If you follow this blog regularly, you know I scheduled some “lighter” posts to come through while I was away, but those happened automatically.
But now I’m back. And I’ve had some time to reflect and think and relax without distraction. It was just me and my family. And we did what we wanted to. And we had a great time. And I had time to think about where I go from here.
I am a Christian. Which means I’m called to proclaim Good News, not sit around and just criticize everything “bad” around me. I think sometimes I fall into this trap because I can get caught up in what is going on around me. It’s hard not to – we are constantly bombarded with media telling us how bad things are, regardless of the reality. We are told constantly by politicians who our enemies are and who we should fear as they try to win votes based on fear and anger. We are told constantly how inadequate our lives are by marketers and how much better our lives would be if only we opened our wallets and gave them money for their product or service. Enough already. Unplugging for a time allowed me to reset, to see clearly, to know that these messages are vying for my attention, but are really distractions from a much better message. I can’t change those messages, but I can chose which ones I give attention to.
As Christians, we are called to proclaim an alternative reality. This doesn’t mean we ignore what goes on around us as if we walk with our heads in the clouds. No, rather, we are called to proclaim what can be, or more accurately, what will ultimately be. We are called to proclaim the Kingdom of God. If we truly believe it is unfolding, then should we talk about where we see it?
As Christians, we are called to believe these things so that we can see them. It doesn’t mean we are blind to the realities of strife, violence, war, hatred, anger, fear, etc. It means that we can see these things, but can also see beyond them. They are just one piece in the reality that exists around us – they are not all consuming. They will come and they will go. But there is so much more than these things. There is much better. There is life and life-giving things around us. And when we believe God is active in the world, then we’ll see them. If not, then we’ll pay attention and only see the loud clanging distractions and irrational emotions and temper tantrums.
As Christians, we are called to proclaim Good News so we can hear it around us. We care called to live out the Good News so we can be good news to the world and neighbors around us. We are not called on to wait for someone else to do these things. We are called on to do, to believe, to proclaim and to live out Good News.
This is our calling. We are called to follow as we heard in our Gospel two Sundays ago. Do we respond saying – Yeah, but first, let me correct everyone, comment on this post, get my house and life in order. No. We follow. We do not look back. We go forward with a new vision – a life saving vision given to us to share. We start by sharing it with one, or even with a few. It spreads from there.