Monday, July 16, 2012

Beef and Causality

Hello Beautiful

I made steaks today.  A rare yet boss occurrence.  Seasoned with saffron salt, fresh parsley, and an assortment of secret spices, I placed each slab of succulence upon the grill on medium-low heat for twenty-five minutes.  (Vegans and Vegetarians please stay with me).  Initially superficially red, upon my return the exterior of my steaks were evenly cooked yet filled with juiciness.  When I cut into one I was saddened to find it was not quite done; requiring seven additional minutes.

When we first decide to transform something—our image, friendships, or behaviors—we begin as this bloody red steak.  It is obvious from the outside that work needs to be done.  Someone decides to put in the effort.  Whether it is ourselves, a friend, or church, spices are added and the heat turned up, slowly and carefully transforming us into the person we wish to become.

It is easy to treat the symptoms of our lives; like a doctor prescribing ice and tissues when we have a fever.  Some time later we may not appear to be sick—the snot is wiped constantly from our face and the ice lowers the temperature on the thermometer.  The truth remains that the influenza that has ridden our system is killing us.

It is a strong belief of mine that there are two types of problems with humanity.  The illnesses that are symptoms and those that are causes.  We can easily identify problems with alcoholism, self-affliction, promiscuity, violence, and dishonesty.  We can treat these problems easily.  Two-drink limit. The buddy system. Church attendance. New hobbies.  All great solutions to problems we face as a reality.  However, stopping here is like only cooking the outside of your food.  There are reasons we are drawn to these vices.  Our deep issues of self-worth, abandonment, loneliness, and emptiness are root causes common to every human.  While they may not manifest themselves in destructive behaviors, they are no less poisonous to our bodies.  Remaining undetected, these deadly cancers spread until they kill us from the inside out.

The transformation that God desires for our lives is one of completion.  He does not want you to appear good as you slowly die inside.  As I bit into my steak and enjoyed its fully cooked, juicy deliciousness I thought of how God sees the gourmet meal we will become.  I thought of you and how you are beautiful.

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