On the radio they were talking about the one thing people couldn’t live without, and I heard things like slippers, coffee, and other self-involved crap. So what can’t I live without?
There are lots of things I would prefer not to live without, but for what…. Would I rather die, than live without.
What is the one thing I cannot live without?
I am going to skip the things that our physical body requires in order that life exists. I am going to skip God (as I believe He is the creator of life therefore the question would be redundant).
So my one thing…. Relationships
I am referring to all of them, the good, the bad, the strange, and the boring. It is the diversity of our humanity. It is how we each view our world from a unique perspective. How we are each motivated by different passions, experiences and ideas.
Relationships are where I feel the most joy and the most pain. Trust, communication, and companionship are so vital to my existence. I do not know what the point of life would be without those traits.
I enjoy walks alone, and moments watching the immense beauty of nature. There are times I need to be alone to recharge, hang out with God, or even yell at God. Still I cannot imagine a world of being alone all time. I don’t think we were created to be alone.
When I was young, my insecurities led me down a sad path. I tried to be like others, or like others wanted me to be. I was untrue to who I truly wanted to be. Hiding the unique individual I was created to be.
As age and relationship with my savior destroyed my insecurities; I became free to find friends and acquaintances different from me. In order to communicate with someone they did not need to believe exactly how I believe. They could be of a different religion, political affiliation, race, or even like sports teams different from me. They could enjoy things I found stupid, boring, or maybe even offensive.
In these new relationships I saw the world in a different light. I saw the beauty of our diversity.
So what can I not live without? It is you, especially the real you. The person you hide from us because of insecurity or fear we will reject you. Not one of us knows everything, we need each other for our lives to be complete.
Our world is so small
A few days will get you almost anywhere.
Yet there are those who never leave.
Bound in their “I can’t”
Those words always true
“I can’t” never failing
Sure there are places we can’t see…….yet
One day the depths of Mariana will be charted
Mars will be surveyed and explored
Technology lost uncovered.
Us working together to discover
If I dream big enough,
If I “live the dream”
Could the unseen be seen
If my “I can’t” became “How?”
What is my “how?”
Can a city be changed?
Can a nation be born?
Can I remove reason?
Will logic disappear?
Will the finless turtle swim?
The “Why not’s.” remain unheard.
I shall, and my end will come
With Every effort made
That I might see my future
A life was not in vain.
This post is in reference Jeremy Camp’s new single listen to it here (Reckless). It is what, I think about when I hear the song.
Definition: having or showing no regard for danger or consequences; heedless; rash: a reckless driver ; a reckless attempt (dictionary.com)
This is not going against the wise counsel of those who love you. It is not going off half-cocked driven by emotion. It is not going on a mission trip for the adventure of it.
So what does it mean to be reckless:
- It is taking brownies to the neighbor whose dog leaves presents in your yard.
- It is sharing God’s love to a full movie theater at the end of a movie.
- It is praying for blessings on the driver who just cut you off.
- It is fasting so that God will move on someone else’s behalf.
- It is telling those friends you used to party with, why you are different, what God did in your life (despite it being so awkward).
- It is buying a used car, instead of a brand new one, so you can give more each month to those orphans in the Andaman Islands (link).
It is dancing and praising, even when the storms of life hit so hard you can barely stand.
It is living a life selflessly, serving others, fully living in your destiny and calling.
What do being reckless mean to you?