Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Our Friend Chi Chi by Chris Kirby

Our Friend Chi Chi

This past weekend Jack had a friend from school with him. His name is Chi Chi.  Chi Chi is a stuffed gorilla who goes home with different kids from his class each weekend. On Sunday evening you write a short report about what the class pet did with your family during his stay. It was a relatively normal weekend for us. Jack had a basketball game, we played in the snow for a bit, goofed off around the house, went to church, and so on.

But, here’s something that I found funny about the weekend. Having Chi Chi, a stuffed gorilla, made me just a bit more aware of how we spent our time. I didn’t care what Chi Chi thought.  He has stuffing for brains (sorry Jack, I hope that didn’t hurt your feelings).  However, I was very aware of what Jack’s teacher and class would think about our weekend. For whatever reason, I just felt like it would be underwhelming for Jack’s friends to hear that Chi Chi watched Jack play his DS and play in the snow.  So, we made sure we did a few extra things. Not big things, but just slightly different than normal. We built a tent in the play room (Chi Chi is guarding the tent in the picture above), the kids had ice cream for dinner one night (Valentine’s Day special) and we let Chi Chi camp on the floor in Jack’s room. It wasn’t anything overly big in the end, but I was definitely more aware of our actions than normal.
So, what’s the point? How different would we live life if we knew we had an audience? Would we allow ourselves to waste as much time? Would we go the same places as normal and have all the same priorities? Or, would we find ways to be “impressive”? Now, don’t misconstrue what I’m saying. I don’t want you to think that we need to do things in such a way that draws attention to ourselves. Actually, it’s quite the opposite. In a Spirit-led life, we are called to do things that bring honor to God. To do so, we worship God, love Him with all we have, and love those around us (Mark 12:29-31). And, in fact, we do have an audience each day. One of the awesome things about being a follower of God is the fact that he chooses to dwell in each of us through his Spirit (John 14:15-18). Not only is God our audience, but He is the director of our time when we allow him to take the reins.

Knowing those two things, doesn’t that give us a responsibility to live out a life that really matters? It doesn’t mean that we always have to do the “amazing,” it means that we are called to walk daily with the One who IS amazing. It means that we are called to do the little things each day that reflect how Jesus would engage a situation. It means that each action we take should be one that honors God in a genuine way. It means that if someone followed us throughout the course of a day they would know that our priority is to be an ambassador to bring God’s grace and hope into this world. I guess, at the end of the day, we should live in a way that would impress Chi Chi without doing anything out of the ordinary because our ordinary is all about Kingdom Business!  

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