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Kurt Vonnegut, Christ Jesus & You

December 22, 2020

Kurt Vonnegut wrote —

When I was 15, I spent a month working on an archeological dig.
I was talking to one of the archeologists one day during our lunch break and he asked those kinds of “getting to know you” questions you ask young people: Do you play sports? What’s your favorite subject?
And I told him, no I don’t play any sports. I do theater, I’m in choir, I play the violin and piano, I used to take art classes.
And he went WOW. That’s amazing!
And I said, “Oh no, but I’m not any good at ANY of them.”
And he said something then that I will never forget and which absolutely blew my mind because no one had ever said anything like it to me before:
“I don’t think being good at things is the point of doing them. I think you’ve got all these wonderful experiences with different skills, and that all teaches you things and makes you an interesting person, no matter how well you do them.”
And that honestly changed my life.
Because I went from a failure, someone who hadn’t been talented enough at anything to excel, to someone who did things because I enjoyed them.
I had been raised in such an achievement-oriented environment, so inundated with the myth of Talent, that I thought it was only worth doing things if you could “Win” at them.
— Even in our current COVID-19 era, Christmas is still in three days.
Even with that and everything else going on, the offer in John 10:10 stands: Christ Jesus still offers people “real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of.”
What a gift that is! What a Gift He is!
Maybe you were “raised in such an achievement-oriented (spiritual) environment” and “inundated with the myth of” having to prove that you deserved God’s love and forgiveness.
But right now God’s Gift is offering you gifts like grace and a life that’s both real and eternal.
Like that archaeologist changed Kurt Vonnegut’s life, let Christ change yours. Starting today. Right now.
You’re already gifted. Accept that Gift.
You don’t have to wait for Christmas!

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