Jim Carrey stars in a flick entitled Yes Man. The basic premise of the movie is to begin saying yes to a variety of opporunities in order to live life, instead of having it pass you by. As you can imagine, saying yes to everything can definitely lead to some interesting situations.
Today I read through an article entited "Found in Darfur" from Relevant Magazine. If there is one magazine I would reccommend anyone getting, it would be this one. I have not seen a better un-biased piece of journalism from a Christian perspective.
This article contains the story of a woman who does relief work in Darfur. If you know anything about Darfur, you know that it's one of the most deadly places on earth. Conflict has engulfed the region for quite some time. Fights break out over almost everything. Islam is the dominant faith in the area, so being a Christian in this kind of space can be challenging, as you may well imagine. There were two comments this woman made that inspired me. The first was "My personal witness hinges on the way I live out my faith." Everything inside me leaps when I read this. It is absolutely essential to have our faith inform how we live. There cannot be a continental divide between the two. If these two do not meet up...then is there actual evidence of faith in a person's life? I don't know. All I know is that I can have faith that my chair will not collapse, but if I never sit in it, will I know if my faith means anything?
The second statement was "I know the most important things is to say 'yes' to God when He asks you to do something." Living life according to God's rhythm and design is the only way to really live. Can you imagine saying no to everything? We'd miss out on so much. Obedience to Christ is the only true way to live. Yes isn't always easy, but it's the best option.
Had a lot of fun with this one.
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