Not About Now
Today somebody told me that I’m very laid back. That struck me as odd. Usually people tell me that I’m far too aggressive. Aggressive and laid back seem to me like opposites, so how can the two coexist in the same body?
I go to a large public university that takes its athletics seriously. Further, it takes its rivalry seriously. Football is a religion in this state of Alabama*, yet it has no NFL team. Why would it need one. There are people that stubbornly hold that the University of Alabama football program could beat most NFL teams. Basically, if you grow up in Alabama, you grow up cheering for the Crimson Tide–unless you grow up cheering for Auburn, but that doesn’t seem to happen very often. Even though these people cheer for Alabama, they often end up going to school at Auburn because Auburn’s academics are about 16.5 times better. So you’d think these people would start cheering for the University they attend, right? No, of course not. They continue cheering for Auburn’s hated rival. They don’t belong.
This world is filled with contradictions like this. Every day we encounter innumerable things that should not be mixed but are. Men and cooking, McDonalds and people’s stomachs, fat guys and speedos, etc. In fact, this very world is a contradiction.
In the beginning God created everything, and everything was perfect, but because of man’s choice to turn away from Him, Creation was ruined. In fact, Creation groans. But God has a plan. This place with such painful juxtapositions of the good and bad won’t last forever. God has a plan to make all things perfect again.
Those who call Him Father will be with Him in heaven, and then maybe I’ll find out how one can be both laid back and aggressive at the same time.
*If that’s an exaggeration at all, it’s not much of one.