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29 May 2012

Most of what we do... isn't very interesting

Do you know what most people in the world just had for lunch?

Rice. 

Plain ole rice.  Maybe spiced to local taste.  Maybe not.  Most people right now are wandering around a market.  Or nosing around in the dirt tending to plants or animals.  Or having a largely inane conversation with someone... one that they've likely had many times before... and will have many times again.

Most of what we do on earth isn't very interesting.

Even those who think themselves rather important make a perspectively inconsequential impact on the lives of almost every single human on a daily basis.  Yet we're very enamored by the notion of personally changing the world.  Disproportionally likely.  Most of life is what happens while we're waiting for "the big stuff" to go down. This is neither pessimistic or optimistic... just realistic.

Paul encouraged the church in Rome, "Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought"

 Our Western Culture, ironically considering the amount of time we self-sooth & entertain ourselves into sugar-shock, often mistakes the daily routines of in and out life as "not enough" or worse... an indication of failure.  Smiley Charlatans are itching to con us with flowery speech and segmented-testimonial into believing that a sufficient level of gumption and habitual Carpe Dieming will eliminate the daily blahs culminating with you smiling like Tom Vu on a yacht.  Then they leave town with your monorail money.  It's a fallacy.  Most of us eat rice for lunch and most of us will eat it for dinner too.

"Ignorance is Bliss" is quite untrue but the root of the sentiment has bread crumbs to something very important.  Contentment is an incredible place to live in, but one that doesn't come unintended for those of us who are no longer ignorant.   Few authors or leaders have made a larger impact on this world than the Apostle Paul. Yet he said this in his letter to the Philippians:

Actually, I don't have a sense of needing anything personally. I've learned by now to be quite content whatever my circumstances. I'm just as happy with little as with much, with much as with little. I've found the recipe for being happy whether full or hungry, hands full or hands empty. Whatever I have, wherever I am, I can make it through anything in the One who makes me who I am.  

He saw great highs and great lows in life.  But, not unlike you, Paul likely lived most of the moments of his life walking, and talking, and eating and sleeping and working... and likely most days, nothing of any great significant happened.  But he learned to live in a place where whatever came his way, he'd sleep well knowing he was walking with The Lord in obedience. That's a state of being that God can... and will use to do the things that we simply can't by TRYING to BE. 

We suffer unnecessarily sometimes because of what, while it might feel like well-meaning ambition, can actually be an ego-inflicted arrogance that our time "should" be spent carving out a great niche in eternity for ourselves.  Most days for lunch... most of us eat rice.  And if we're given rice to eat today, let's contentedly smile and say thank you.

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