vermontknolls said:" You have coders, comedians, travelers, climbers, writers, composers, performers, photographers, videographers, educators, woodworkers, curators, bloggers, professional cat ladies" hahaha I feel you doe. *feels mr.moon*
They’re interesting people to say the least. And thank you for feeling me bb
In my earlier days of attending church, there were only two kinds of crowds that were the focus of many sermons spoken by the pastor.
There were the obedient Christians who kept the faith and learned to love God from the depths of their complex human hearts; those who lived for compassion, living beacons of salt and light for the sake of restoring hope in this world through the name of Jesus.
And then there were the lost. The humans in this world rejecting the legitimacy of Christ and His love for the world. They were described as the ones who indulge in the pleasures in this world, partying and drinking way too often, smoking substances left and right, having promiscuous sex long before marriage if it ever came, your typical high school weekend warriors. I was told their ways weren’t right because there would always be emptiness in your heart no matter how much you tried to fill it up with earthly pleasures, that nothing in this world truly satisfies the human heart because humans were born for heaven and not for hell. Jesus was the solution and savior for all of humanity as far as I knew.
Sometimes I do meet people who follow the exact lifestyle described in the latter paragraph (i.e.”There are three things I care about: good food, good music, and good sex. That’s all I need.”). But then there are those who seemingly come from a different world I never knew. You have coders, comedians, travelers, climbers, writers, composers, performers, photographers, videographers, educators, woodworkers, curators, bloggers, professional cat ladies, and sometimes, people with no concrete occupation at all. All of these people have a deep understanding of their craft and it keeps them going. It fills them up. There is no emptiness in their hearts because there never was a Jesus-shaped hole to be dug out in the first place. Their skills and characters are a gift to the world and the world returns the favor by making these people whole.
I’d like to think this recurrent theme in the sermons mentioned earlier affects the way I meet new people today. I grew up knowing that humans live only for one or the other: Jesus or the world (commonly known as “not Jesus”). The pastors never told me that living for the world wasn’t always 100% stupid. I wasn’t aware that a human could live a full life for many years without blowing off paychecks on booze and scoring big at a bar every night. So when I meet someone new who just happens to completely geek out over XYZ that has absolutely nothing to do with faith or sin, I’m fascinated by him/her. You really feel whole? Your passion in this craft alone can lift your spirits without praying a single prayer? You have no god in your life but you just happen to live a generally happier life than this many church-goers?
I was never told a life outside of church could look different in an infinite number of ways.
My voice teacher just had me add this piece to my repertoire. I’m just wondering if I’ll ever live up to the same amount of competence seen in this man lol.