Thursday, September 28, 2006

Abnormal busy guy

So, I’ve got these young friends who are newly weds and yet they’re like old people at the same time. Ever been around people like that? They’re chronologically young and their thinking is young and they are ‘hip’ and ‘with it’ and all that… I don’t know how to describe it… I think it’s their pace of life. The more I think about this I’m pretty sure that’s what it is. We’ll talk about doing something together and they’ll say sarcastically, “Well let us check our schedule” as if we all think they have a ton of stuff going on. I find that pretty endearing and fascinating in our day and age. Now, of course, they haven’t had kids yet and when they do their life will change. But I hope not tremendously. Here’s what most people do in my generation or younger: We get super busy and then have kids and we still try to cram everything in. Generally it doesn’t work. If I could invite you to step into the life of every ‘broken’ person that comes through my office you would see what I do: Busyness is one of the most negative common denominators in our society. So much so that it is the norm. Think about that… The norm is to be super busy. The norm is to be 'broken'. How will our communities… how will our own children ever know anything different if that’s the norm!?

I’ve been carving out chunks of time in my life in the last 4 months unlike any other time in my life. As people have been asking me what I’m doing I’ve been replying either, “Spending a lot more time with my family.” (Which is true.) Or I say, “Just trying to get a lot less done.” (Which is also true.) It’s been fun to watch them try to process the second response. Most people don’t really know what to do with that comment. There are two main reasons I have chosen this course right now: 1) Cuz I have to. There are so many options in life. I’ve been trying to chase too many of them down. I was just getting plain tired of the RPM’s. 2) Cuz I feel a responsibility to be ‘abnormal’. I’m a leader and I influence people and I’m very concerned about the number of my friends who talk about their pace of life. If normal is running so fast that it hinders and even destroys quality of life spiritually, emotionally and physically then I don’t want it and I sure don’t want to influence others to want it. (Of course to the writers of scripture it would make no sense to categorize life spiritually, physically, emotionally, etc… I think it would have come across very odd for someone to walk up to Jesus and say, “Hey, how’s your spiritual life?” To him all of life would have been spiritual.)

So, to my young friends who say they have ‘no life’ I say keep it up. Keep getting a lot less done. Be abnormal and when the kids come teach them how to be abnormal as well.

seeking first His kingdom…
j


6 comments:

Lori Greenberg said...

Re: Your epilogue. Pastors only work on Sundays, don't they? :o) Relax. We love you.

Lori G.

jonathan foster said...

yes... normally we work a couple of hours sunday morning and then kick back. how'd you find that out?!

Leena said...

I once worked for a kindly retired Reverand as the care-taker of his wife. As providence would have it he died before she did. I had an oppty to go visit him just hours before he passed. Despite his being disoriented by the massive heart attack he had suffered, he communicated to me the one thing that he lamented in his life. His regret...he had spent too much time at the church and not near enough time with his beloved wife. I had worked in his home caring for his bed ridden love for over a year and never once sensed he carried such a burden. Only 4 months later I had the priviledge of singing amazing grace to his beautiful wife as she took her last breath and I am positive, she then joined the good reverand in eternity....and while i don't believe she ever held it against him....I know he held it against himself. I am 100% in favor of your "Abnormal View". Life IS too busy these days and IT DOES hinder our relationships. God being the creator of relationships we absolutely MUST slow down and care for them. Good for you Jonathan!

jonathan foster said...

thanks leena!

Kelly A. said...

Personally Jonathan I can't believe how hard you work and how easy you make it look!

I think you and Johnna are true servants with a passion for serving God and furthering His Kingdom!

You Go Boy!

jonathan foster said...

stop it.. okay.. thank you.