Saturday, December 6, 2014

Laurence's Guest Lecture At Apple

So in my dream I poured some vanilla and then some cream into a glass of ice. Then I filled the glass with club soda, stirred it a little and was very satisfied with the sweet, refreshing taste. Then with concoction in hand I crashed the latest board meeting at Apple.

They were, as you might imagine, stunned to have a stranger suddenly show up out of nowhere—but that is how dreams tend to play. It was then that I riffed like Nietzsche’s madman. “You are fools to try and imitate Personality because it is disingenuous.” I took another sip of my homemade cream soda to let the spoken truth sink in. “It is not only disingenuous,” I continued, “but it is impossible. Imitate Principle…that you can do; that can be done.”

I’m still not sure why I would care enough to share wisdom like that with Apple but maybe I’ll send them a letter.


But I am definitely going to try making that drink.

The Gospel At Home

Too often our motivations are effectively set for us by others and by this, I mean, we behave as they behave. If you are grumpy toward me then I will in turn be grumpy toward you. You’re not smiling today? Then don’t expect any smiles from me coming your way. If you aren’t doing your job then why should I do mine…and on it goes: Action, then Reaction.

How utterly tragic.

Jesus came to radically change this cycle. You are a sinner—I’ll save you. You are lost—I’ll find you. You are guilty—I’ll take your place, I will take the blame, I will be the one cursed, I’ll die instead of you.

When we ‘get’ the gospel then we will always be deliberately acting like Jesus instead of reacting toward others as if Jesus didn’t exist. Consider these admonitions from Romans 12.    

Let love be without hypocrisy.
Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good.
Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer; distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality.
Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.  
Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.
Be of the same mind toward one another.
Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble.
Do not be wise in your own opinion.
Repay no one evil for evil.
Have regard for good things in the sight of all men.  
If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,”[a] says the Lord.
Therefore “If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
If he is thirsty, give him a drink;
For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.”
Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

And do try this at home.