Friday, September 19, 2008

Are you like SHAMU or NAMU?

Remember Shamu and Namu, the killer whales, I heard a talk which referred to them as an example of the Christian life.

Here are some thoughts ~

1. Are we like Shamu or are we more like killer whales?
2. Are we living the life of a tamed creature that is put in a box (cage / aquarium), or are we fulfilling our God designed purpose?

If we want to be more like killer whales,
We must be in the ocean. We need to be connected to the culture. We need to be connected to the real world.
When you stay penned up away from the world, it will make you sick and kill you like it did Namu. Jesus went out into culture. We are not called to critique culture but to create it.

We need to overcome our fears.
The killer whale has no predators. He has no fear. Sometimes Christians need to grow a pair. Fear is one of the devil’s great tools to keep us from doing God’s work.

Action is not only rewarded, it is demanded.
A killer whale kills because he has to eat. He has to survive. Action is what is important. Make sure the work that you are doing is work that will impact people and not just yourself. Figure out your passion, talk to others, as a whale communicates where the next meal is, so should we communicate with one another to swim (serve) in packs or schools.

Shamu has an easy life.
A killer whale feels pain. Our lives will experience some pain. It is the reality of the work and the world we live in. Pain and struggles are normal.

At the same time we are to be as creative as the killer whales and not Shamu’s. We must risk, dream, imagine, envision . . . doing it all with faith and trust in who God is calling us to be.

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