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“Am I part of the cure, or am I part of the disease?” ~coldplay
This lyrics struck me as they played in my car today. Am I the first or the second of these? I’m sure at first each of us would wholeheartedly say yes, I’m part of the cure! But wait, before you answer so quickly, here are 4 areas in which to consider whether you are part of the cure or the disease….
- Being part of the cure means you don’t spend all your time in things that only benefit yourself. This would be the antidote in a self-sick world. It’s easy to shop for yourself, feed yourself and spend time with only the people you like. But really, is that what we are called to do and be as people of God? I believe there are reasons that being trapped inside our minds and not serving others is unhealthy. We have to get out of ourselves. This will lead us to contentment and happiness.
- Being a part of the cure means you make decisions about your circle of friends, people you date and those from whom you seek advice with more than superficial things in mind. I’ve often been struck when people try to set people up with someone who “loves music” or “loves to travel.” Having a bunch of similar “likes” doesn’t mean you connect with someone nor does it mean they value the same things you do. It also does not mean they will be someone who will spiritually lead you in a direction you need to go. In fact, deciding who you will ultimately spend the rest of your life with means you consider more than yourself.
- Being a part of the cure means you are different than the culture around you and you’re ok with that. The way we dress, act, talk and live out our daily lives should look different than others. The way we react to situations should cause others to stop and think. And counter-culture can also involve the many gadgets and distractions around us. Sure, it is easy to have superficial conversations and also relationships, so it’s important to fight that by working at it. As we “advance” in technology it seems to me that we’ve begun to “dis-advance” (I just made that up) in our interpersonal communications. When I see a couple at dinner and the wife is on her phone, it seems a little sad to me. I’m starting to wonder if the reason we can’t make true relationships work is because our base of online relationships are built on superficiality such as “likes” and “comments.” When we have human connection in the same room and choose to connect to a device, what does that say about us?
- Being a part of the cure means you strive to see people as souls, not as beings from whom you can take what you want. Don’t see people as merely physical beings to fulfill what you want but rather have their best interest at heart. It means you say things that are difficult at times because it will help in the long run. Being a part of the cure means curing yourself of only seeing the earthly, here and now perspective.