Human beings desire control in their lives –
Which is both a good, as well as a bad thing.
Actually, life is more like surfing –
If you go too far forward –
Or too far back –
You fall in.
It’s the same with our attempts at control –
Not enough, and life starts to fall apart,
Too much, and it can freeze up.
Western culture teaches that we should strive for as much control in our lives as possible
But this has led to embracing a “material” God.
It’s similar, isn’t it, to what Jesus said about the birds –
Which don’t have to worry about what they eat or wear.
Jesus knew people had to work –
But thought it just wasn’t the most important thing.
The paradox each of us needs to solve
Is how to become our “true self” –
The child that’s still able to play –
In the midst of a responsible adult life.
It is a lot like surfing, isn’t it –
Balance being the most important skill.
Playful as a child –
Responsible as an adult.
This takes a lot of practice
Like all other critical life skills.