Here's the funniest video I've seen in a long time. Took me by surprise when a serious thought popped into my head because of this.
Video Credit: Thomas Topas Froschle
Pity this band. They've obviously got the chops to really make some creative, challenging music...but they're stuck backing up a polka-singing lounge artist (apologies to any polka fans reading this). With the obvious exception of the drummer, no one really seems to be enjoying themselves.
So talented. So capable. So much potential...but when it comes to using those talents and capabilities...just going through the motions.
There are reasons why this might happen in people's places of employment. According to an article in The Washington Post by Brad Plumer, and the 2010 U.S. Census, over a third of college graduates work in jobs that do not require a college degree, and only 27.3% of college graduates are working in a field related to their degree. This could certainly lead to some "going through the motions" kind of job performance.
But my bigger question is, how many people go through life like this?
Eyes to see. Ears to hear. Voices to sing and shout and laugh...but when it comes to using those talents and capabilities...just watching what others spoon-feed us on screens of various sizes, just listening to whatever electrified cookie-cutter hit is popular this hour, just mouthing words and repeating catch-phrases and giggling at another's misfortune.
Truth is...Jesus came so that we could live a life full of sights, sounds, and joy. (John 10:10) Perhaps the best way for us to show our gratitude is to dive in with both feet and really live.