Let the bland eyes see!
Society hypes up the bland while suppressing and holding down life’s most exciting aspect — the splendor, magnificence, and creativity of God that surrounds us in nature and is suppressed in our minds and souls. There is none so bland as she/he who will not see the glory of God.
Scottish philosopher, Robert Adamson (1852-1902) put it this way: “Everything seems to be repeated endlessly — not so much the good things but the bland things — the ordinary things — the weaker things get repeated — the stronger things get suppressed and held down and hidden.”
For 5 1/2 years I worked with more than 1,400 men as the counselor/chaplain in The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center in Nashville. Although those guys had tried almost everything they had wanted to try, ignoring moral restraints and seeking to fulfill all their cravings; rather than excitement, they discovered a sense of bland sameness in all their forms of rebellion and self-destructive activities. They felt compelled to continually up the dosage of destruction in their lives, to violate more of their moral principles, to expand their experiences of evil, in an endless struggle to try to stay one step ahead of blandness, boredom, and depression.
However, there is a lifestyle that is never bland — the daily pursuit of a relationship with the living, resurrected Jesus Christ. I’m not talking about religion, for it is loaded with boredom. Many people can’t even sit through one hour of religion without getting sleepy and/or bored. The difference between religion about Jesus and an ever-increasing relationship with Jesus is the difference between watching grass grow and riding a world-class roller coaster.
If you will read the stories (testimonies) of people who have spent their lives pursuing the living, resurrected Jesus Christ, you will find them to be the most exciting, passionate, and fulfilled people on earth. Why not google a few of them and see for yourself: John Wesley, Mother Teresa, William Seymour, George Fox, Catherine Booth, Augustine, Catherine of Siena, Francis of Assisi, Dorothy Day, C.H. Mason, Watchman Nee, William Booth.
Why take the road to bland, when instead you can be filled with the presence, power and excitement of the living Jesus? Two early Christ-followers, Peter & John, put it like this: “As for us, we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.”