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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Do NOT go Gently!

Dylan Thomas’ most famous poems is Do Not Go Gently into that Good Night:
You may remember it from the movie, "Dangerous Minds."

Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rage at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
Because their words had forked no lightning they
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,
And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight
Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
And you, my father, there on the sad height,
Curse, bless me now with your fierce tears, I pray.
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
I love Thomas' poem due to its raw nature. From the time we are children, it seems like much of our society's mission is to tame us; wittling away our edges, thus rendering us mere shell's of the people that God intended us to become.
"Don't step out of line, we need you to become a nice-mindless-cog"
= No Thanks.
Jesus told a story about about a rich master leaving on a journey. Before he left, he entrusted 3 of his servants with talents (money) that varied in worth. What each servant did next was quite telling. The first 2 invested their talents while the third, buried his. When the master returned home he wanted to see what the 3 men did with his investment. The first 2 men shared of a profit gain, while the last man handed back the very same talent that was given to him before the master left for his journey. Afterward, we learn that the master is exceptionally pleased with the first 2 and exceedingly unhappy (perhaps unhappy is putting things a little light considering this is the exact wording used in the Bible, ("You wicked and slothful servant ...") with the 3rd. 

In the story above, Jesus is hammering home a very important point for us. He wants us to use the possessions that God has entrusted us with for God's glory. Whether it is your high IQ, your bankroll, your savvy street-smarts, or your work ethic -these are gifts for you to use to bless others with and return glory back to God. See here is the deal, I want to spur you on to your density. I want to move you toward your purpose in this life. So does Dylan Thomas.
And so does Jesus.

Do not go gentle into that good night.


1 comment: said...

I wonder what the master would have said if the two "investors" had presented him with nothing, having lost their talents...