The trouble with schools is
They always try to teach the wrong lesson
Believe me, I’ve been kicked out
Of enough of them to know
They want you to become less callow
Less shallow

But I say: Why invite stress in?
Stop studying strife
And learn to live “the unexamined life”
Dancing through life
Skimming the surface
Gliding where turf is smooth
Life’s more painless
For the brainless
Why think too hard
When it’s so soothing?
Dancing through life
No need to tough it
When you can slough it off as I do
Nothing matters
But knowing nothing matters
It’s just life
So keep dancing through…
Dancing through life
Swaying and sweeping
And always keeping cool
Life is fraught less
When you’re thoughtless
Those who don’t try
Never look foolish
Dancing through life
Mindless and careless
Make sure you’re where less
Trouble in life
Woes are fleeting
Blows are glancing
When you’re dancing
Through life…

Wicked – Dancing Through Life Lyrics

One of my favorite Broadway Musicals is Wicked a prequel to The Wizard of OZ.  Surprisingly there were  many great life lessons threading through the performance.  This song is sung by the handsome hunk and soon to be brainless strawman better known as Scarecrow.

Fiyero wanted to skim the surface of life focusing only on fun.  As I listened to this song I realized that it isn’t just shallow people that live an unexamined life.  We can be committed Christians living a sacrificial life for the Gospel and still be living an unexamined life.  The Fiyero’s of this world along with those of us who have committed our lives to a business that does not allow time for reflection are living in the shallows of life.

You’ve heard the words till you are tired of them ‘doing versus being.’  You have probably met couples who keep busy so that they don’t need to look at their marriage, they keep their children busy so that they don’t actually have to parent or have difficult conversations.  There are those who have wounds that have not healed because they keep busy and just don’t go there “because it hurts.”  Then there are those who substitute good works, dedication and sacrifice because duty feels safer and more in control than devotion and transformation.

An examined life is a life in all its messiness is offered on the altar and echoes the words of Paul in Philippians 1:2. “to live is Christ, to die is gain.”  To live is to open our hearts, mind, body and soul to the gaze of the Holy Spirit, then ourselves and to someone we trust.  It is being willing to let go of fears, insecurities, jealousies, bitterness and control to grasp hold of the opportunities to be changed and transformed; to be more like Christ. To die is to let go of the chains of fear that hold us hostage to destructive thinking and actions.  It is standing on the words of Isaiah 12:2 TLB.

“I will trust and not be afraid, for the Lord is my strength and song; he is my salvation.”

Fiyero, the man that was dancing through life became human when he was turned into a strawman to save his life.  While the superficiality of his looks and pursuits were wiped away in his transformation he became a man of conviction, capable of sacrificial love and living a purposeful life.

You and me, not superman or superwoman or super Christian, just human,  designed by God, infilled with the Spirit, flawed but not forsaken, broken but not beaten,  transforming and  transcendent  on a journey of becoming.  Look deeply into yourself, your attitudes, your actions, your feelings with the power of the Holy Spirit and He will lead you into a life of joy, peace and contentment.  Find a safe person like a Spiritual Director who can help you become aware of the unexamined areas of your life.  Find a spiritual friend who will meet with you and with shared desire for all there is of Christ begin to explore the examined life.  You will be glad you did.  It is the place of freedom and resurrection power.

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