Instead of steering clear of these people, we are making them famous and rich. Geesh.
Honestly – there are some amazingly inappropriate shows out there. I mindlessly get sucked in sometimes and then I think: I would be mortified if my grandbebes saw these and aspired to act like these people. Mortified. I have much-much higher-hopes for my family…
But what happens when we live God’s way? He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard—things like affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity. We develop a willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart, and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people. We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments, not needing to force our way in life, able to marshal and direct our energies wisely.
Since this is the kind of life we have chosen, the life of the Spirit, let us make sure that we do not just hold it as an idea in our heads or a sentiment in our hearts, but work out its implications in every detail of our lives. That means we will not compare ourselves with each other as if one of us were better and another worse. We have far more interesting things to do with our lives. Each of us is an original.
Scripture references: 2 Timothy 3 and Galatians 5, The Message
We really do have far more interesting things to do with our lives.