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I’m Really Good at Not Dying

I like statistics. And I also like being alive. (And I also like run on sentences and sentence fragments… but you probably already gathered that.) I was sort of thinking about all of those things the other day and here’s some thoughts I had:

  1. Statistically speaking, I’m never going to die. Let’s think about this. Statistically speaking, I’ve got a pretty good shot at living forever. Like physically living. I mean, I’ve been alive for exactly 9,729 days (I did the math) and I’ve never died. Not even once. So if you look at the numbers I’m 9,729 for 9,729 days not dying. If I’m placing a bet, I’m betting on me not dying tomorrow. (I’m super awesome at not dying.)
  2. That’s a great statistic until it’s not. (duh. right?) I guess statistically speaking, everyone dies some time. I can’t think of one person born before 1890 that didn’t die. (I guess people born in in the 1880’s suck like that). But again, if we’re talking statistics, I’ll maintain that 100% not dying mark. In heaven some day, my ratio will be something like 1,112,231 days I didn’t die to 1,112,232 total days. Which comes out to 99.9999% days I didn’t die. And I’m going to round that to 100%… no one will know (Shh, don’t tell them). So, seriously… I’m telling you… I’m amazing at not dying.
  3. Your stats will probably look the exactly like mine one day. I think congratulations to you are in order. That’s a big accomplishment! I can tell you’ve worked hard on that. (you haven’t)
  4. It’s possible to be really bad a not dying. Non-believer’s lifetime stats for days alive to total days in existence will at some point look like – 19,590/4,146,148,954 which comes out to 0.00047% days they didn’t die. You could round that off at 0.000% days not dead. Statistically, the non-believer never lived. (it’s worse than that actually, but we’ll leave it at never living for now)
  5. You can apply the same math in numbers one through four to your work. Here’s some truth: If your work is done in obedience and faithfulness to God, it is important to him. Your work, and the tasks that comprise your work, echo throughout eternity. Take an email for example: if you send an email today that is thoughtful and kind, constructive, uses your specific talents and capabilities to serve a need or fill a role, and honors God… if you do that, your email’s stats on the ratio “days task was important” to “all the days in the entire span of time” will eventually hit 100%. That’s your email that just hit 100% significance. We’re talking email. Email.
  6. The opposite is also true. I don’t care what you accomplish. I don’t care how much impact it has right now. I don’t care how much it may matter to people at your office, or city, or the whole world. If it doesn’t honor God, it’s ultimately going to be worth nothing. (You can do the math on that one if you want, but I promise the numbers work.)
  7. Whatever you do today, make sure it’s worth it. Maybe it’s talking about Jesus to a non-believer you know so that they can get really good at not dying too (because currently, they really suck at it). Maybe it’s thoughtfully and carefully doing your job. Maybe it’s being patient. Maybe it’s a million other things. Whatever it is though, make sure you’re doing something that is going to matter for more than 0.00000000000001% of time.

The Sunglass Gospel

Gospel Sunglasses

I saw this ad from Oakley recently and was struck by what I’m assuming was an unintentional Gospel message. The advertising message from Oakley is: “look: we make the best stuff because we believe that everything in this world can be improved on… so improved on it. Buy our stuff and we’ll keep improving it.”

Which… can’t you hear the Gospel there? Jesus says, “Look: nothing in this world is perfect, it’s all broken. But there is nothing in this world that can’t be made better, and one day I’m going to make it perfect.”

The big (obvious) difference between the two messages is that Oakley could never hope to produce the perfect pair of sunglasses, not in a million years (though they will try) but Jesus will produce a perfect everything. (sunglasses, I’m assuming, are on that list also.)

And you get to join in on that. Not in heaven after you die, but today.

Today you can improve something, small or large. Maybe it’s the way you talk to someone, maybe it’s the way you file a report or organize your desk. You can change something and bring more glory to God, more rest to your colleagues, more peace to your community. God is on a mission to perfect everything, and even the smallest, most mundane tasks can and will be made new. So why not join with God on his mission? And why not start today? You can even do it right now.

Today, your work can be an act of worship to God.

Practically, joining God in his mission to make all things new will look different for everyone. For someone working at Oakley, maybe it means trying to create the best pair of sunglasses – that protect vision, and look good, and are reasonably priced, and sustainably made. Those are all things that can honor our God.

I don’t know exactly what that might mean for you, but if a sunglasses company can do it… I feel like you can too.

 

 

P.S.: (Is that how these things work? Is this a letter? Whatever, I DO WHAT I WANT.) There’s another message in this advertisement – the Gospel is everywhere and affects everything. There is nothing in this world that isn’t touched by the work of Jesus. Not one thing. I think our world would radically change if we (believers in Christ) believed what Oakley just said. Everything (!!) can and will be made better.