Starting today, I am posting a series of pre-launch posts over at Love Thy Roommate. Today's post introduces my roommates 2001-2006 during the time I lived in Baton Rouge.
Steven Curtis Chapman was on K-Love a month or two back. My first thought was, "He better play 'The Great Adventure' while he's on the show!" Well, it turns out his new album has a redone version of the song, which they played for us! Awesome!
For my whole life, like many guys, i've wanted to be part of some great adventure. From my childhood, I would watch Superman, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and most especially Star Trek: The Next Generation, all the while hoping they would show up at my house and bring me along. I even wrote an unnecessarily long song called "Superman" about this kind of experience.
I guess Star Trek had the biggest impact on me. When i was in grade school, TNG came on in syndication, every night at 9 P.M. Guess when my bedtime was. That's right, I've seen the opening teaser to every episode, although I can't say for certain I've seen every episode in its entirety. Thankfully, there's http://www.allstepisodes.com for my sake! And, after all, how can you not pick Picard over Kirk?
That's what I thought.
Discovering one site where I could watch every episode of Star Trek I ever missed (and there were a lot of them between all five series), I knew there'd be a problem if I devoted all my spare time to watching Trek. The truth is part of me really wants to fly off on the Enterprise even if that means I only spend my life cleaning the bathrooms they never show.
Lots of us fall in to some kind of fantasy. Walt Disney World is based on kids believing they're really running around with Mickey Mouse and Snow White. Star Trek conventions (never went to one of those) are based on a bunch of people getting together and pretending they're officers or aliens from the Trekiverse -- if not posing as actual characters from one of the shows. The adult novelty shop in our delivery area has a large banner with the slogan, "Live the Fantasy."
The problem is, fantasy isn't reality. So much of popular culture is based on indulging in a fantasy, so much so that some people can't discern fantasy from reality. Why do we pick fantasy? Because we think our real life sucks too much, so we have to find something better. As for me, I can either live in my fantasy forever or I can grow up and be who I'm called to be in Christ.
As Dietrich Bonhoeffer points out in The Cost of Discipleship, every time someone came face to face with Jesus, they were forced to make a decision about their life. Rich young ruler? "Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me" (Matthew 19:21). Matthew Levi, the tax collector? "And as he passed by, he saw Levi the son of Alphaeus sitting at the receipt of custom, and said unto him, Follow me. And he arose and followed him" (Mark 2:14). Disciple who wanted to say goodbye to his family first? "And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God" (Luke 9:62). Simon Peter, having faced his own failures as a disciple and a friend? "Verily, verily, I say unto thee, When thou wast young, thou girdest thyself, and walkedst whither thou wouldest: but when thou shalt be old, thou shalt stretch forth thy hands, and another shall gird thee, and carry thee whither thou wouldest not.
This spake he, signifying by what death he should glorify God. And when he had spoken this, he saith unto him, Follow me" (John 21:18-19).
Jesus has called me to a great adventure of winning souls and making disciples, of worshiping the King of Kings, of working miracles through a power not my own, of victoriously overcoming this world and all it offers me. Am I going to stay home and live in my fantasy world, or will I forsake everything and follow Him into this great adventure?
What's your great adventure? What is God calling you to? What fantasy is holding you back from reality?