Friday, October 3, 2014

Monkeys

Some people will approach their future clinging white-knuckled to their little lives of emptiness and purposelessness. They are like those monkeys that they trap in Africa. It’s really quite an ingenious system. The goal is to take the monkeys alive and unharmed for shipment to zoos in America. The captors take heavy bottles, with long narrow necks and they deposit a handful of sweet-smelling nuts inside. The bottles are then deposited on the jungle floor, and the captors return the next morning to find a monkey trapped next to each bottle. Because just like us, the monkey, attracted by the aromatic scent of the nuts, gets his hand in there and grabs what is nothing more than a few nuts, and is trapped. The monkey can't take its hand out of the bottle as long it's holding the nuts, but he is unwilling to open his hand and let them go. The bottle is too heavy to carry away, so the monkey is just trapped. Just like many of us. What we are holding onto is really nothing of consequence but we think we really want it and are just so unwilling to let it go. Ultimately we die…still holding onto a few nuts while the world’s bounty in just outside our reach…Mt 16:25  "For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.”