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All That Is Fair: Nobody Wants To Work For It

Everything happens so fast now, am I right?  When I watch TV, commercials are 15 seconds.  When I watch a Youtube video, I’m irritated if I can’t skip the add at the beginning after 5 seconds.  When I sit down at the computer, if the website I’m visiting takes more than 15 seconds to load I become outraged, shouting at a box that can’t respond… Also the short-lived immediacy with which we consume music is borderline maniacal.  We chew up new music and spit it out with the same frequency as one would plow through a bag of sunflower seeds.  Everything in the arts/entertainment world is “on-demand” now.  Spotify, Pandora, Netflix, Hulu, iBooks, Audible.com, etc… Our expectation is that what we want, the way we want it, will be available to us anytime we want it.  On one hand, this sounds like a benefit of technology.  But on the other hand, all of this collective impatience has done something to us. 

There has been an enormous shift in our culture within the last 40-50 years.  Consumerism crept its way in to our lives in the early part of the 20th century on the coattails of the Industrial Revolution.  We started to look at the way we buy and use things differently.  And we began to expect a certain level of service and expediency.  The problem is that speed of delivery and quality of workmanship often operate inversely of one another.  As something is delivered faster, its quality usually decreases.  And this phenomenon has snowballed into epic proportions. 

I am only 36 years old and I remember going to record stores.  I remember holding albums in my hands and flipping through the sleeve artwork.  I also remember using a TV guide, reading an actual book, practicing writing in cursive, not using a calculator to do math, having to make exact change, dialing a number on a rotary phone, and the list goes on and on and on… My kids are growing up in a world where videos of trains, dinosaurs, tornados, and dominos, are available in the blink of an eye, for as long as their little hearts desire to watch them.  They’ve never seen a landline.  They’ve never heard the “finger nails on a chalkboard” sound of dial-up internet.  Their desires are validated and can be instantly gratified by every facet of our culture.  Needless to say, it is very difficult for them when we have to say “yes, but not right now” or “no, you can’t have that.”  They have no category for those statements.  And if we’re honest with ourselves, neither do we. 

In contrast, Jesus delayed his own personal gratification “even unto death on a cross.”  His workmanship would not be hindered by the conflicting demands of his culture.  He had a long enough attention span and big enough heart to lovingly and carefully fix the things that are broken.  I suppose if he wanted to, he could scrap this universe and just simply start again.  But he always had a well crafted intent for this place and for all of us.  We are incomplete song sketches.  But he’s not going to just click to the next song in the celestial version of Spotify on his Grand Canyon sized iPhone.  He patiently and gently has written an ending to our fragments.  What borderless love he must have for all that he has made!

So even though we have been nearly irreversibly changed by our consumerist culture, there is a way back to our true selves.  It’s called work.  Imagine that.  Putting off our temporal impulses in order to work hard for the sake of something better.  Whether that means cooking a simple meal, writing a song, fixing a car, building a business, or mending a broken trust between friends, the way to make things right is to work hard at them!  And in the process, we may actually find that our souls are deep and our value is intrinsic. 

In the spirit of looking to Jesus’ example, let me point you to another small picture of encouragement.  When you feel like the world around you has gone off the rails, listen to this tune by the great Andy Gullahorn and know that you’re not alone!



It took me ten good years to break in this old hat
It has a black sweat ring and the bill is cracked
It’s all frayed in the front and duct taped in the back
There’s so much that this hat has been through

In the window of the Abercrombie store
There’s a product line I’m sure you’ve seen before
Brand new baseball caps made to look already worn
What is this world coming to

Nobody wants to work
Nobody wants to work for it
If it don’t come easy, it ain’t worth the wait
Nobody wants to work
Nobody wants to work for it
Welcome to the new old-fashioned way

I love the music that I grew up on
When the business was all about the song
These days it’s just one throw up against the wall
If you don’t stick, that’s it – you’re through

I see it all the time
In the cardboard sign
That says I won’t work for food
But I’d be happy to take your dime
Or the billboard for
A quick and cheap divorce
We don’t try to fix anything anymore