Written by: Nico Devotion
Article source: JOY! Magazine
Several years ago a man called Larry Walters decided that he wanted to see his neighbourhood from a new perspective. One morning, 33-year-old Larry went down to the local army surplus store and bought forty-five used weather balloons. That afternoon he strapped himself into a lawn chair, to which several of his friends tied the helium-filled balloons. He took along a six-pack of beer, a peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwich, and a BB gun – figuring that he could shoot the balloons one at a time when he was ready to land. Walters, who assumed the balloons would lift him about 100 feet in the air, was caught off guard when the chair soared more than 11 000 feet into the sky – smack into the middle of the air traffic pattern at Los Angeles International Airport. Too frightened to shoot any of the balloons, he stayed airborne for more than two hours, forcing the airport to shut down its runways for much of the afternoon, causing long delays in flights from across the country. Soon after he was safely grounded and cited by the police, reporters asked him three questions: “Where you scared?” “Yes.” “Would you do it again?” “No.” “Why did you do it?” “Why?” He said, “Because you can’t just sit there.”
Get out and go!
Of course what Larry Walters did was a terribly stupid thing to do. But maybe more Christians should have that attitude that we need to do something – “because you can’t just sit there!” Let’s face it. The majority of Christians in churches are happy to just sit there. They take the attitude that it is the pastor that gets paid to do the work. The elders and deacons have been given the honour of leading the church. So let them get busy. Many middle-of-the-road Christians are content to give up time in their demanding schedules to attend a weekend service and maybe even a home fellowship group during the week. But for the most part they don’t seem to have the time or the motivation to get out and make any worthwhile contribution for the Kingdom of God.
Are we too busy for God?
Are we really that busy that we don’t have time for active Christian service? Are we those that just sit there? We live in an age of speed. Compared to our ancestors of the last century, we zoom around with high speed cars, and jet from one continent to the next. We can buy instant meals to save meal preparation time. Mobile phones and the internet make instant international contact a regular occurrence. Think of the missionaries who waited for 6 months for a letter from home. Think of all the modern conveniences and labour-saving devices, services, and substances that make life easier or more efficient to perform our daily tasks. Consider what it was like to live in a world without mobile phones, personal computers, laptop computers, gaming systems, high speed internet, GPS systems, compact discs, DVDs and Blue-ray discs, and so forth. Yet with all these time-saving devices we should have so much more free time. But still we don’t have time to get involved and find ourselves, “just sitting there.”
It is time to take action
As American humourist and social commentator Will Rogers said, “Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.” It is time for us to take action. It is time for us to get moving and make a difference in our needy world.
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