I love lamp! I love lamp!   1 comment

Here is an excerpt from that scene of “Anchorman”:
Brick Tamland: I love… carpet.
Brick Tamland: I love… desk.
Ron Burgundy: Brick, are you just looking at things in the office and saying that you love them?
Brick Tamland: I love lamp.
Ron Burgundy: Do you really love the lamp, or are you just saying it because you saw it?
Brick Tamland: I love lamp. I love lamp.

What do you love? Do you wanna know what I love? I love baseball. I love playing it–the thrill of hitting a baseball on the sweet spot of the bat (which didn’t happen to often to me), the sense of victory when striking out a batter with a perfectly located curveball, and the exhilaration of diving for a ball, getting up and throwing the runner out. I love watching it. I love my Dodgers. I love the fact that they’re winning with a bunch of young, home-grown talent this year. I love that watching Clayton Kershaw throw a curve that seems to defy the laws of physics. I love watching Matt Kemp patrol the outfield, making spectacular leaping and diving catches. I love watching Manny Ramirez hit a jack and admiring it for a few seconds before he starts his trot around the bases. I love that Joe Torre’s expression hasn’t changed all season.

What’s my point here? I love baseball–but why? Do I find satisfaction in baseball? Or does baseball draw me to find satisfaction in God? All too often, there are many things we love that are not sinful, but they do absolutely nothing to draw us closer to God (and may sometimes lead us further away from Him).

It’s not worth it. Baseball is only good to the extent that I can worship God in it. Kershaw’s curveball? The glory of God in creating an arm with the strength and a wrist with the flexibility to snap a ball. The glory of God using the seams of the baseball to manipulate the trajectory of ball, thereby sharply “curving” it down two or three feet from where it would arrive otherwise. Kemp’s athleticism? The glory of God in creating a body with the size, the strength and the durability to do such amazing feats of athleticism. Ramirez’s athleticism? The glory of God in giving a man such great power and hand-eye coordination. The glory of God in creating a personality that exudes such boyish joy over hitting a ball. Torre’s stoicism? The glory of God in allowing a heart to remain calm in order to keep his blood pressure down. The glory of God in creating emotions in a person that does not fluctuate between ecstacy and depression, but remains in constant peace.

Do I think of all this when I watch baseball? To my shame, no. I am so content with letting such base and simple and inglorious things captivate me that I don’t delve deeper and reach further to grab ahold of true treasure. I’m so content with coals, that I don’t reach deeper and search harder to find diamonds just beyond my view.

Here is a quote from Paul Washer:

The one thing I love about the Puritans is they seem to break themselves free of this thing that still holds us captive. I’ve talked to some of you and I’ve seen the captivity. I’ve heard the captivity in your words. It’s the idea that the Christian life, that the Christian life is still somehow divided up into secular and sacred. That there are certain things in your life that are sacred… and then when you get out of Sunday, on Monday, you go back to the secular… If you are a Christian, you cannot say that. I don’t care if you work in a factory, putting tops on bottles–there is no such thing as a secular job. You don’t even have a secular moment in your life, and that is one of the problems. That is why your joy is so hindered. That is why the purpose in your life seems to be, well, at least vague–almost nonexistent. Because you don’t see that if you’re Christian… everything is inside here [in the kingdom of God]. Nothing is secular. Everything is sacred…

I love Keltic hymns. Why? Because they were pagans… Prior to the coming of Christianity, these guys were pagans. They’re worshipping their bow, they’re worshipping water, they’re worshipping trees and stars, they’re pantheists, I mean they’re wild men in the woods–especially the Irish… But what happened when they became Christians? They stopped worshipping all those things but they saw in all those things the glory of God. So that they sang in their hymns about wind blowing through a meadow, about stars being set on fire by the power of God, about trees and rivers and everything, because everywhere they looked, they no longer saw a pantheistic view of the world, but everywhere they looked, they saw the power of God.

Someone asked me, “So when do you know you’re starting to grow in Christ with regard to devotion, piety and worship?” I said, “When you can be walking around, walking down a lane in the country and come to a small pool of muddy water and see a bunch of tadpoles swimming around in there and fall down on your knees and worship at the glory of God. When you can look at the back of a leaf and see the veins running through there that brings sap to that thing and make it green, and it causes you almost to tremble with fear at the power and the wisdom of the one who could do such a thing–you are starting to grow in Christ.” And we have missed it! We’ve missed it!

Miss it no more, my brothers and sisters.

“He breaks the power of canceled sin, He sets the prisoner free. His blood can make the foulest clean, His blood availed for me. He speaks and listening to His voice, new life the dead receive; the mournful, broken hearts rejoice, the humble poor believe. Hear Him, ye deaf; His praise, ye dumb, your loosened tongues employ. Ye blind, behold your Savior come, and leap, ye lame, for joy.”

O for a thousand tongues to sing my great Redeemer’s praise.

So, trudge deeper into that cold river and sift for gold; delve deeper into that cave and mine for diamonds. Look around you with eyes de-scaled and behold the grandeur of God… and worship.

Do you love carpet? Desk? Lamp? Do you love the lamp?!?! What a glorious God to illuminate weak and feeble human minds to design such technology. What a glorious God to inspire hearts to make such beautiful designs. What glory–behold the God so awesome and powerful and fearful and see the God who takes away the sins of the world.

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Posted September 10, 2009 by Mitchell J. Kim in Uncategorized

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  1. paul washer is good 🙂

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