Jonathan's Perspective  

Feb 22

'RAVE the Good'

There has always been a battle over heroes.  Many people are lifted up to be emulated for their physical prowess, business acumen, beauty, shrewdness, leadership, wealth, and more.  Antiheroes abound competing by pushing the bounds of civility and morality.  If we are not on our toes, we get pulled into antihero worship along with the rest.  The Psalmist encourages us to keep our eyes wide open if we want to draw close to God.  'Despise a vile man but honor those who fear the LORD.'(Ps 15:4)

The movie Wall Street was released in 1987.  Michael Douglas played Gordon Gekko who was a ruthless businessman who didn't even care that his dealings cost his father his job.  Gekko had a famous line in which he declared 'Greed is Good!'  Wall Street created an antihero that caught people's imagination.  What would you do to be as rich as Gordon Gekko?  What, and who, would you be willing to sacrifice for a fortune?  The sad thing is that he was lifted up as a hero rather than despised as the vile man he was.  We should never get so inured by the onslaught of immorality that it becomes ho hum 'normal'.  We need to call the craziness that takes place immoral, hurtful, wrong-headed, dysfunctional, dangerous or vile.  We must never call it 'normal'. 

As Christians, we need to lift up examples for one another and society that will catch our imagination for the good.  Mother Teresa was one of those people who everyone could respect for her deep love and compassion, her sacrifice and humility.  But there are many other people in our midst that we can lift up.  Whenever we see someone exhibiting a Christian virtue - whether they are Christians or not - we can take a moment to RAVE.  Disney World coined the RAVE which stands for recognize, appreciate, value, and encourage.  At Disney they RAVE many different ways, but the key is public recognition.  For instance, if an employee went the extra mile to make a guest's stay more magical, she would be recognized in front of her immediate peers and given a Mickey pin to wear.  If a guest wrote a letter telling about his great experience at Disney World, that letter would be read to the group involved with employees called out by name and set up as good examples of those who embodied the Disney Spirit. 

I encourage you to be on the lookout for virtuous activity at home and work, then take a moment to RAVE about those who are displaying such good qualities.  We have daily opportunities to raise up new heroes who brightly display the image of God.  Honor those who live for God.  Not only will it bless them, it will bless those around them by giving them true heroes.

Blessed to be a Blessing,

Jonathan Beck

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