SideWalk Ghosts / Interview 300: “Shall None Of Us Fall Asleep”

You know what. I’ve been a little wordy the last couple of days. And with the depth of what is shared with us today from our new friends Caitlin and Farra, I rescue you from a Radstone dissertation.

There is only one point I will soapbox today. My broken record statement, say hello.

Not hard to do and for in it rests the catalyst to running into two remarkably focused young ladies. Both of whom are living examples of the goodness that can be found in the world.

Caitlin remarks, “I think we need to love others and be more selfless.” And as she does there is a certain glow in her eyes, a glow that is mirrored by friend Farra who reveals the source of there compassionate presence. “To love Jesus… That is the ultimate… If you know that… if you know your creator… if you know that you have been forgiven of your sins. You will understand what the ultimate goal is.

Life is hard. We are going to struggle in our faults… We are going to struggle with selfishness… But we can definitely overcome if we have that relationship. We can be transformed… it starts in the heart.

And humanity has a heart.”

We’ve met will just about every faith over the history of 365. And what warms my heart is that in all the religions one bold commonality shines through: Love thy neighbor and respect God.

Farra elaborates, “At the end of the day it is relationships, it doesn’t matter how much money, its how many people did you touch… did you leave a legacy, did you stand for something and what was that?

It’s your integrity and your character. That is what is comes down to. But people get caught up in the media and to society, and they need to live out what they see on the TV. That becomes what they believe… it becomes what they worship… it becomes their idol… it becomes their God. They fall into the system.”

Caitlin picks up the conversation, “I think we all need to wake up. I think everybody is walking around sleeping.” She references as she speaks of her relationship with Jesus.

“We are not prepared, that is the biggest problem. We are very content accepting mediocrity; I’ve seen it. Society is spoon-fed and that’s not going to be me.

We need believe and we need to take steps to educate ourselves; to not just be content in leaving it to the world to direct us.

Maybe not the sweetest words, but truth that needs to be heard.

We need to accept that there is a bigger picture.”

“We are so caught up in the instant gratification of the world…” Farra chimes in,

“’…None of us want to hurt or sacrifice. We don’t want to do that whatsoever.

They say, ‘I don’t want to be hurt, I don’t want to sacrifice, I don’t want to be sad. I want to be content and happy at all times.’ Whatever it is to have that, even if it is just for that moment.

To go into the future, we really have to do more than to look at where we are now, but to understand the situation, to understand the past, to understand what we are talking about. I always think of the movie ‘A Few Good Men,’ where he said, ‘You can’t handle the truth.’ That is like the world today, If people really knew the truth… Oh my goodness! It would blow our minds!

We don’t realize the potential in the things we do, and understand our full potential. This life is not about everything being perfect. Our time on this Earth is a time to learn. It’s a journey and it’s not easy. But, when you have people that really love each other… that support each other… that are there encouraging… that are able to say that we already know where we are going. We get caught up in the here and in the now. Like Caitlin said, ‘Society is spoon-fed.’

Too many people don’t really want to know for themselves, they don’t want to dig deep enough. They just want to go off of what they see or what they think is the right thing to do. Why do you think there is so much ugly in the world? People are not happy. How many people are truly happy… happiness comes from within… that peace and joy that comes from knowing Christ.

All the violence, and drugs, and hatred, and the road rage that goes on; the anger… people just being disrespectful.

Why is it so hard for people to just be able to speak now, to open the door for each other anymore? It about simplicity. It’s not like we have to do something major… it’s just the little things. Back to the simplicity.

It goes back to, what are we standing for morally.

There are boundaries in everything. It’s not someone saying, ‘No you can’t have that.’ It’s about saving us from ourselves. Keeping us off the wrong side of the tracks from in telling ourselves, ‘I want this for this fifteen minutes of fun. Whatever is may be… so be it.’

That mentality is so weak.

Why not reach for the top in choosing a life consistency. Some form of where life is just decent and good, and people are loving each other. At the end of the day, that’s what it’s about.

For the future I agree with Caitlin, ‘People just need to wake up.’”

Caitlin, Farra, I accept you wisdom and as a matter of action, I set my alarm clock immediately.

Shall none of us fall asleep.

Talk tomorrow my friends.