Thursday, November 3, 2011


Reality TV rules today. It is cheap to produce and people eat it up. And we pay millions to support it even as millions of our neighbors are without work.

Most reality "stars" exhibit pride, swagger, and arrogance. In reality, these are the characteristics of fantasy. They are the mile markers of a dead end. Reality is quite different.

Each day, I must decide if culture will define my reality or if Christ will. God makes it clear that culture must serve at the feet of Christ (not visa versa) if life is to be served (and in abundance.)

Yet even culture recognizes this at times. Jim Collins, in his book, "Good-to-Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap... and Others Don't", describes a Level 5 (best) Leader. This leader embraces a broad grounding in self reality and a fierceness of mission. Sounds like Christ. No wimp. Just grounded, embracing a life-giving mission. Humility literally means grounded in it Latin roots.

Are you grounded? Where are you grounded? What makes for reality? 

For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted. Luke 14:11 (NIV)

7 rather, he made himself nothing
   by taking the very nature of a servant,
   being made in human likeness.
8 And being found in appearance as a man,
   he humbled himself
   by becoming obedient to death—
      even death on a cross!
9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
   Philippians 2:7-9a (NIV)

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