Let me begin by saying that my mind is bad, and my wife contiually reminds me that I’m crazy. While watching the State of the Union Address, three statements that the president made, really struck me.
1. “That’s what Americans have done for over 200 years
: reinvented ourselves.”
2. “We can’t win the future, with the same old government …”
3. “The Interior Department is in charge of salmon while they’re in fresh water, but the Commerce Department handles them when they’re in saltwater. I hear it gets even more complicated once they’re smoked.”
The last quote put me in mind of George Costanza. (Yes, I watch Seinfeld! What of it?!) George wanted to turn his life around. He realized that his every instinct had been wrong, and his life was the exact opposite of everything he wanted. In an epiphany, he figured that, from that day on, he should do the exact opposite of what his gut told him.
The waitress comes up and says to him, “I know; tuna on toast, cole slaw, and a cup of coffee.”
He screams, “No! Nothing has ever worked out (for me) with tuna on toast.” Continuing, “I want the complete opposite of tuna on toast; chicken salad on rye, untoasted, with a side of potato salad, and a cup of tea.” (This is your cue to laugh, I’ll wait.)
Jerry would have to put his two cents in, “You know, chicken salad is not the opposite of tuna; salmon is the opposite of tuna, because salmon swim against the current and tuna swim with the current.”
I’ve said all of that to say, between our president and George I am inspired to make some changes in my own life. As you may or may not know, my family and I are in the infant stage of planting a new church, so it’s almost like I’ve already started. Allow me to submit five (somewhat) simple ways to reinvent ourselves to win the future.
1. Swim Upstream. (Be Unique)
In order to ensure a future, salmon swim against the current and spawn, or deposit eggs, upstream. This act not only takes physical strength, but also requires a will and drive to never give up. This is one trait that distinguishes salmon from other fish. You and I must learn, from this fish, to embrace the traits that make us unique. We can never win the future by blending in or going with the flow.
Romans 12:2 says, “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will know what God wants you to do, and you will know how good and pleasing and perfect his will really is. “ New Living Translation.
2. Fly to the Moon (Go Somewhere You’ve Never Been)
It is so easy to get caught in a routine, even when it comes to vacationing. Because of our hectic schedules, it’s less trouble to just go to a familiar destination. Moreover, we never realize how much we really cheat ourselves.
Visiting new places opens our eyes to new ideas, styles, and methods. It is quite possible that a new experience may tap you into a whole new world of personal, professional, and spiritual opportunities. There are always new things to discover, so once you’ve traveled to the ends of the earth, charter a flight to the moon!
(To be continued next week …..)