Something Worth Fighting For, Finally
Been thinking about this a lot over the last few weeks:
So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, and participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.
Wouldn't this be nice!? Being unified in mind, heart and purpose sounds pretty dang good to me. It certainly means I've got some growing up to do. But aren't we all looking for something worth growing up for?
Not many people want to grow up in today's culture because there really isn't anything out there worth the struggle of maturation. We can get what we want, when we want it, with out much effort. So why waste time going through the fire of growth and character development?
I get it. The 'phenomenon' of delayed adolescence shouldn't be a surprise to us. People are really good at finding shortcuts and putting in the minimum effort. I was the king of this in middle school, high school and college...and grad school. Not much brought out unbridled passion in me. In other words, there wasn't much that seemed worth the effort to me. Unless of course it was arguing with my dad about how pointless homework was. I could argue that all day and sometimes we did!
But when I read passages like this in scripture I get excited. FINALLY something worthwhile, something worth fighting for! This is the type of community I want to be a part of.
What about you? If this doesn't get you excited, what does? I'd love to know!