Monday, March 17, 2014

Classy Polos and Starving Faith

When I was young, (I use past tense because I've hit the ripe old age of 21) I wore a lot of polo shirts. Because why not? It didn't really matter where I was. It could be during the dead heat of summer and you'd find me exercising or something in a polo. They're classy, ok? Think about it: they're like a t-shirt, but with an added collar to say, "I'm better than you." Or something.

Well, anyway. There was this girl that I liked at a summer camp, (take it from me young ones: camp flings are never ok) and one day as we sat down, she kinda chortled at me (I think the word is spelled that way because it sounds like a chuckle-snort) because I was always wearing polos.

Guess what I never wore again in my life ever.

No longer was I a raging polo-maniac displaying the greatness of the innovative improvement to the everyday t-shirt on my pasty, thin torso - no. Now I had succumbed to mingling among all of the t-shirt-ites. After that camp, I tried to start replacing my collection of "too-many" polos with a stack of plain-old tees. Even to this day, I still have some polos, but they're kind of there just as an artifact of my former polo life. I rarely wear them. My polo-wearing days were over, much to my chagrin.
"Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven." (Matthew 5)
Funny thing about flames. If you put them under a basket, not one sees them. It totally defeats the purpose of owning a candle (or a light bulb for you futuristic early adopters). Might as well not even light it in the first place. But there is a second offense. A light put under a basket also dies. And when I say die, I mean that they die. Kaput. Cease to exist. The flame quickly devours the available oxygen it needs to survive, and when it is out, so is the light.

I'm pretty sure God was indifferent to the fact that the light of my polo-wearing days were over. However, putting the light out on your faith is an entirely different matter. How do we not put out the light? You put it on display, right out in the open. In other words, get out there and show people what that the light in you is! Or rather, Who it is.

The second part of this verse in Matthew 5 talks about shining your light before others. Intrinsic to the life of the believer is this concept of sharing the goodness that flows out of our walk with Jesus. Much in the same way that James says that faith without works is dead, a life of faith lived without displaying God's goodness in good deeds is a starved faith.

Now, if you excuse me, I've got to go put on a polo and throw away some baskets.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Ladies First - Christ Last

In about 1.5 months, I'm going to graduate with a Bachelor's in the Science of Nursing (BSN for those of you abbreviation-fanatics). If there's one thing that's unique about being in a nursing program, it is that there are very few other males in it. This essentially means one thing: rules of etiquette fly out the window.

Let me rephrase that (I'm not going to start shutting the door in people's faces or kicking dogs). There's one major rule that simply cannot persist when one is surrounded by those of the female persuasion: "Ladies first."

Ladies first??

Oh, so I guess I'm just going to get my lunch tomorrow, after all 45 of you finish delicately choosing which of the bread slices has the least calories while I wait patiently in line for food behind you, eh? I guess that just means that you guys get to pick all the good spots in the computer testing lab, while I'm left with the only computer that does nothing other than shout digital profanity at me in the form of squeaky hard drive noises? I GUESS that means I have to allow all of you females to hi-jack the MEN'S BATHROOM when you can't coordinate yourselves in such a way that your own restroom doesn't get overcrowded? (Because OF COURSE us men wouldn't mind - there's so few of us!)
"Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves..." (Philippians 2:3)
But, uh... wait. Now hold on just one minute. That's not fair.
"Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others." (Philippians 2:4)
Oh come on, now. You can't actually expect me to do that... it's too much!
"And being found in human form, he [Christ Jesus] humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross." (Philippians 2:8)
Christ made Himself last?

...great. I've got some apologies to make. I gotta go.