So last week, Becca introduced me to a show on MTV called The Buried Life. Normally I do the introducing (that’s why we now watch LOST, The Office, Friday Night Lights and Parks & Recreation. Sadly, 24 didn’t make the cut. Stupid Elisha Cuthbert’s daughter character and her whining turn Becca and many others away!!).
Now MTV is known for smutty, horribly acted, career making (and breaking) show (example: I present Heidi Montag…) or weird comedies. This show is different. 4 guys made up a list of things they want to do before they die and they drive in a bus around the states to do it. The catch is, for everything they do in their lives, they help a stranger with a goal/desire in their own life. It makes for great TV. When they crash a wedding, they also help a dad reunite with a son he hadn’t see in 20 years. Great TV. It’s not The Hills or The City…it’s actually great viewing.
It brings the tension of what I want versus the need of others. We all have this LIST, our dreams and wants but as we walk through life, we come in contact with others who need a boost to their own dreams. How often do we miss out on helping someone because we are too busy worrying about our own list? I’ve been guilty of that. How about you?
I watched with conviction as they helped a deliver a baby (their list) then fly a girl out to Denver to see her mom’s grave (her own list). I thought to myself, if I wasn’t a pastor, would I be willing to help someone like that? It’s easy to write a cheque (here you go impoverish country or kids) do a missions trip (it’s only two weeks and it’s more about me that the people I’m helping…) but it’s hard to enter into someone’s life and say, I’m stopping whatever I’m doing to ensure you’re okay.
I don’t think I’m a selfish person but I do have struggles with selfishness as we all do (right???). But I think we only truly begin to LIVE life when we help others without looking for anything. Our lives are in effect buried until will see the needs of our neighbors, friends and even enemies and are willing to help them out. We aren’t truly alive until we are willing to lend a hand to someone else’s LIST. And as I work on helping others, I’ll realize that life is bigger than my own list, my own dreams. In many ways, my heart is connected to what He (He being God) wants. It’s the closest thing to ‘not my will…’ we’ll get to until glory. And I struggle with that…BECAUSE it means that I may never meet Kobe Bryant, go to Disneyland, drive across Canada, build a house, grow a handlebar moustache among many other dreams (those are semi-real…I’ll keep my REAL dreams close to the chest for now…). However, it does mean that I may leave the country to help someone in need. It may mean that I’ll give money to a stranger. It may mean not buying what I want or what Eliana wants because there is a baby who is less fortunate than her.
So those guys are on to something…but maybe it’s backwards. As we help others, perhaps God will allow us to see a bit of our dreams come true too. Who knows…but I got my list ready and my eyes and heart open to help others with theirs too. Not because I’m a pastor but because I want to be like Jesus and doing that, I’ll be a better pastor…hopefully 🙂
How about you?