Monday, April 06, 2009

Following Jesus in the real world

(by Dave Burchett for World Magazine)

What does it mean to follow Jesus in the real world?

My day job is television sports directing for Fox Sports Network and others. It is a very secular job where I am surrounded by cynical media types. To be fair, a television production truck is not a nurturing spiritual environment. I am sure that some lifelong Christians would leave the TV truck with hair looking like Don King after they’ve witnessed the shock and awe of F-bombs flying freely through the air. I have worked with producers and others who could match the accomplishment of Ralphie’s dad in the classic movie, A Christmas Story. (“In the heat of battle my father wove a tapestry of obscenities that as far as we know is still hanging in space over Lake Michigan.”)

I have to figure out how to follow Paul’s admonishment to “not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind” while working in this environment.

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