Bowling and the American Way of Life

Do you ever feel like you are on a game show called “Bowling for Recognition”?

The purpose of the game is for you to stand right next to a bunch of your fellow workers as your boss rolls one ball after another at you until he knocks you down.

If you happen to be the last one standing, then, you get some recognition.

Much in the American way of life has begun to feel that way for countless Americans. No matter how hard you try, there seems to be someone rolling that ball at you.

The outcome of this way of life is loss of pride, self respect, confidence, and our willingness to step outside the boundaries to try something new.
What I see happening in the life of Americans, is a slow abdication of our desire and ability to create.

With the loss of creativity comes the inability to dream. Without dreams we loose the ability to get excited about the possible. Once we loose the ability to consider possibilities, we begin to focus on the material. Focused totally upon material items, man now becomes enslaved to the means by which he acquires material goods, and finally, man becomes less creative.

Each successive cycle, from loss of creativity to loss of creativity, take us further from a relationship and understanding of the Creator that made us.

As we draw further from the Creator, we feel less sure and more vulnerable. Being more vulnerable creates stress. Stress layered upon stress, creates and unhealthy environment and sickness and/or depression take their toll on the human body.

The American way of life has become a series of chain reactions much like the bowling pins. One falls, striking the next and the next until a huge part of what we have known is missing.

Too many of us have made this American way of life a god to us. “To have and to hold”, in the marriage vows, has taken on a material tone. We have become less spiritual and more material with each successive generation.
The hopelessness of the situation has caused many to seek relief in the form of anger, drugs, sex, alcohol, gambling, atheism, and the blind vote for anyone who promises change.

The answer to the whole situation is unbelievably simple. If we return to where we started, back to where creation began, we will find the answer. You see, creation is the beginning of life, and in life there is hope, and in hope there is promise, and in fulfilled promise, there is joy, and in joy there is more life.

In the beginning; “God spoke: “Let us make human beings in our image, make them reflecting our nature So they can be responsible for the fish in the sea, the birds in the air, the cattle, And, yes, Earth itself, and every animal that moves on the face of Earth.” God created human beings; he created them godlike, Reflecting God’s nature. He created them male and female. God blessed them: “Prosper! Reproduce! Fill Earth! Take charge! Be responsible for fish in the sea and birds in the air, for every living thing that moves on the face of Earth.” Then God said, “I’ve given you every sort of seed-bearing plant on Earth And every kind of fruit-bearing tree, given them to you for food. To all animals and all birds, everything that moves and breathes, I give whatever grows out of the ground for food.” And there it was. God looked over everything he had made; it was so good, so very good! It was evening; it was morning – Day Six”. (Genesis 1: 26-31; The Message)

It is good, so very good! Get off the receiving end of the bowling alley. A relationship with God, returns us to the heart of Love and Life.

En Servicio Como Padre

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