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Saturday, August 11th, '18

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I DON'T CARE ANYMORE!

"Master, carest thou not that we perish?" (Mark 4:38)

 

I find brief entertainment sitting at stoplights reading others' bumper stickers, though I don't blemish my own car with silly advertisements that fade and gum up the paint job. This week one said, "Since I lost all hope, I am feeling a lot better". I've tried to figure out the logic in that one. Maybe you can interpret it better but here is my take. Psychologists deal with people who zone out in life all the time. Some have legitimate mental blocks, even to the point of the brain's computer system erasing its own hard drive to survive various traumas. But more often what sets in is apathy, an indifference that concedes, "I've had it with all this, nothing ever works out, I can't take it anymore, I don't care anymore". The anesthetic is administered, the emotions go numb, the bumper sticker's plastic coating is removed and the message is displayed, "Since I lost all hope, I am feeling a lot better". Obviously, the person doesn't feel better because he/she doesn't feel at all. And that is the greatest sociology problem in America today; we've lost the ability to feel.

 

"Master, don't you care that we are about to perish?" Jesus slept on through the storm without any sense of alarm. He did so because He was tuned in, not zoned out. Faith doesn't care because it casts all "care" upon the Lord (1 Peter 5:7). But that is much different than not caring because you've lost the strength to care. Everyone has some preservation mechanism. For Jesus it was simple trust in His Father's word. Others, however, clam up; they refuse to deal with problems. Ladies usually withdraw. We call it the silent treatment. Guys just find an alternative, golf, hunting, lifting weights, putting in more hours at the garage. Alcoholics and workaholics often escape for the same reason. Once they give up on the marriage, give up on happiness, resign from hope, they find life much easier to cope with.

 

That is not the way it is supposed to be. Hope hopes. It hangs on often by a thread and in that hanging on for life there is much fear, anxiety, heartache and frustration. True, you would be a lot happier if you just let go of it all. They say (though no one has ever returned to verify the data) that there is momentary calm, even euphoria, right before one freezes to death. The victim quietly falls asleep. The numbness consumes all, head to toe. Apply that to the chill, the relational frostbite that occurs once a person surrenders to hypothermic life conditions and quits caring. The bumper sticker says you will feel better. It is only because the nerve ends have lost sense of the thousands of needles that have been jabbing at them. Once hope is gone life is gone. Many continue to breathe. In fact, they may drive like robots down the loop to and from the factory every day for forty years showing signs of viability but inwardly they died long ago. How do they feel? They feel fine, only problem is, they have no vision, no aspirations, no hope. That all ended with the pasting of the bumper sticker. Now that may be the best way to cope, but something deep within says it is not. You see an eagle fly and like Judy Garland, start to sing, "Why, oh why, can't I?" That nudging means there is still something inside that cares, that hopes, that believes. So keep caring. It may or may not turn out as one wishes, but it will turn out...that is, if we don't turn in first.


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