Culture is not always truthful

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[vimeo id="119272000"] Take a second and think over your conversations yesterday. Do you think your culture influenced them either in what you talked about or how you talked? How about how you’re dressed today? Did the culture around you affect your fashion decision? The fact is that culture comes with community. If you interact with people, the culture will interact with you, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. However, we all have to filter what our culture teaches us. Relevant magazine published an article recently that dealt with this topic. I thought it was a good reminder for all of us to filter through some of the lies that our culture can teach us. Here are some of the highlights along with my own thoughts and feedback.

First, there is only one road you can take. There are certain situations where there is only one right option. If you booked a flight to Chicago, you can’t get on just any aircraft and expect it to take you to Chicago. However, many of us have believed the lie that there is only one path God has for us, and if we don’t pray hard enough, we could choose the wrong path and miss all of God’s promises for our lives. This simply isn’t true because it’s basically saying that we are dependent on our own ability instead of God’s. It fails to acknowledge the genius of God’s ability to bring about His Divine Designs for us in many ways. Remember that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him. He will lead and guide you in all your ways.

Second, individualism is a noble pursuit. Unfortunately, our culture tells us that dependency on others is weakness. The only reliable, trustworthy person is you, so make sure you can take care of yourself. One of the great things about organizations, and especially the body of Christ, is that no one in it can do it all. We all have a part to play, but it needs to be together with other parts. When one part wants to be an entity all by itself, it creates disunity, dysfunction, and ultimately disappointment. We have to work together with others.

Third, if you are not busy, you are lazy. I know of many people who have mistaken activity for productivity. Busy people always have something to do but get very little done. Inside themselves, they recognize this but mistakenly assume it’s because they’re not working hard enough. In fact, the opposite is probably true. If they took a rest that truly recharged them, they could produce more while working less. What is worse is that leaders who do not recognize this are encouraging the same dysfunctional behavior in their followers. So don’t get busy, but get focused. Make sure you finish what you start and don’t take on more than you can handle.

Thanks for reading my blog today. I hope you will continue to be an influence in the culture and community. What are some other ideas that you would add to this list? Please comment below and share your thoughts with me. Thanks again and have a great day!