How To Live Joyfully Outside Of The Box

by Michael K. Reynolds

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA We often condemn ourselves to solitary confinement in a prison built by our own hands.

It’s what happens when we believe the worse lie of all: That we are at the center of the universe.

Self-centeredness is our daily burden and we can either choose to be freed from its rusted shackles, or surrender to its deadly addiction.

Here, in this dreary ocean of me and I, we’re in one of a billion rowboats, leering at each other as we beat the water with greedy oars. We’re grabbing what we can. Taking what we want. Our piece of the pie. Our just deserves.

We think we’re climbing the ladder, getting to the top of the mountain and reaching for the stars. But on this course, we’re ultimately destined to plummet downward as the wax drips from our wings.

All the while, we’ve been distracted from much greater pursuits, ones which yield a richness of life full of purpose and eternal impact.

It’s the sweet life prescribed by Jesus when he affirmed this commandment as the second most important of all:

Love your neighbor as yourself.


Not if we take it to mean merely waving at our neighbor when we pull into the garage, giving a smile and a hearty handshake as we arrive at church, or buying Girl Scout cookies from the young lady down the street.

That’s not loving our neighbor as ourselves, that’s running for office…


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