Been thinking quite a bit lately about anti viruses and generally about quadrant two living (Steve Covey, Seven Habits of Highly Effective People). Well, this morning my laptop gave me quite a scare-the screen went blue and it said something about windows being forced to shut down to protect the computer, blah, blah, blah. Well, thankfully, it started again but I was still scared and so I called my brother, the computer genius (I think) to ask what was wrong. He said the screen turning blue was good because it was actually protecting my computer from something harmful-how, I didn’t know but all’s well. So when the machine restarted, my scared self went opening all the defensive mechanisms I could think of-antivirus, windows updates just to do “damage control” if you want to call it that.
That set me thinking- Don’t we treat our bodies like that? Well, except for the few very disciplined ones who actually eat healthy every day, exercise and go for checkups regularly, the rest of us try to cure diseases/ailments instead of preventing them. Our bodies get all our attention-usually when it’s too late because by then we are sick. So why don’t we treat our bodies right?
Or think about how we sometimes treat God: like an ATM machine or “meter of all needs.” We come to Him when we are all messed up and don’t know which other way to turn. When we are in trouble, its easy to pray, read our bibles and go to church; the same things that were so difficult to do when we were cruising along life’s smooth road. Yet, He longs for a relationship with us; one in which we treat Him like we do our friends. We talk to Him and listen to Him talk to us. We do the things He likes and obey Him.
A third way is how we are sometimes very content to let things go until the worst happens. Like we don’t care about preventing malaria and yet we don’t expect to get it. In Financial Derivatives class, my lecturer gave examples of managing risks; having fire extinguishers in case of fire. That is a laugh in Ghana. They are not there and even when there are you probably don’t know how to use them so they won’t be of much help in the event of a fire. Let’s not talk about recent fires in Ghana.
Anyway, before I become positively pedagogic with my ramblings, I would just like to say with Steve Covey that lets do the things we know we should do when we have to. Call that friend, say that prayer, read that book, get that CV written, write those dreams down, save that money and all the other little things we need to do. It’s great when you can ask for a favour from a friend and not feel that they’ll think you only call them when you need a favour. Let’s build and nurture relationships.