Sunday, October 2, 2011

Just Floating?

by Janielle Beh on Monday, August 22, 2011 at 11:14pm
It irks me - no, it DISTURBS me, to see that so many of us are mindlessly floating from one thing to the next.

Yes, including myself. I despise the fact that in spite of my desire to 'go against the flow', I always somehow end up getting caught up with it again. And again.

And again.

It is a constant battle. Well, at least for those who are trying to swim against the current. For those going with the flow, it's no doubt quite an easy ride.

But like Malcolm Muggeridge says, 'Only dead fish swim with the stream.'

In our case, most of us aren't dead - just floating!

So many young people nowadays are being tossed to and fro by the winds of opinion, media, expectations and deception in the world. Most are simply drifting from one preoccupation to the next.

How many of us are actively CHOOSING? How many have the will to stand their ground and choose the right thing, often the thing contrary to the 'norm'?

When all the world around us is buffeted by the whirlwind of distractions, lies and temptations, who will stand firm and swim against the current?

A lot of people know a lot of things, but most of it isn't necessarily founded on the Truth, and on solid values and principled judgment. As a result, there is so much confusion and deception! This young generation is a distracted, ignorant generation. So knowledgeable and capable, yet most are founded on shifty ground.

So many people out there have stopped choosing. They go with what's trendy, what's socially acceptable, what's popular, what's easy, what's successful. They've allowed the whirlwind of opinions and distractions and expectations of the world to dictate HOW they'll spend their time and live their lives. It is a sorry fact.

No wonder the Apostle Paul exhorts us to 'Redeem the time, because the days are evil.'

Redeem. To buy back the time. Because constantly, our time - the time God has given us - is being robbed of us by the preoccupations and mindless distractions of this world. We don't need these things. We don't even need to do all these things which we foolishly deem important!

What are the things I can live without? Strive to live without them. Strive to let go.

It is not about being ascetic. Its about removing the distractions to see clearly what's important. Its not even just about going against the flow. Its about CHOOSING WELL.

Ask yourself, for how long have you been just floating?

~ j a n i e ll e

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