Everything is Awesome

everything is awesome

“If it pleases the King, and if your servant has found favour in his sight, let him send me to the city in Judah where my fathers are buried so I can rebuild it.” (Nehemiah 2:5)

If you have a Facebook account, I wonder if you have become tired with the latest article or list trumpeting: ‘what happens next will blow your mind…’ only to face the disappointment of seeing a small child fall off a bike; or a video claiming “when I saw this it changed my life” only to see a celebrity losing enough weight to get into a dress she couldn’t wear before.  This is not just a form of spam (known as click bait in the trade!) but has begun to desensitise us to normal or gentle forms of speech. 

But theres a big problem. If every thing is great then nothing is great… if ‘everything is awesome’ then ‘awesome is normal’ and ‘everything is normal’ and therefore ‘nothing is awesome’…if you get my drift.  Funnily enough, the original setting of the Lego movie song ‘Everything is awesome’ was meant in an ironic way.  Thousands of lego drones doing the same thing every day sing ‘everything is awesome’ as a kind of Orwellian propaganda mantra and a system of control to keep tiny plastic figures under control.  As one journalist wrote this week the internet has flooded this over-the-top language into our everyday lives and has left us punch-drunk with emotionally impacting words:

“Only the most bombastic and hyperbolic descriptions will now do, even if they are in jest, and it’s a direct consequence of the internet, which has turned discourse’s volume up so high that only the most caustic or reverential reviews will cut through the noise. Only extremes of feeling are worthy of your finite consideration, everything else is scrollable.” Christopher Hooton  – Independent newspaper 21Jan 2015

There seem to be a lot of people trying to ‘break the internet’ and not many people building…and the rest of us have started scrolling instead of concentrating.

Nehemiah, the prophet, politician and public works builder of the Bible is all about building where there have been ruins, creating meaningful communication where there is shrill and threatening talk, and forging happy and just communities where there is disorder and selfishness.  When we consider building, in the widest sense of the word, and building in the faith- filled and faithful way then we find great encouragement through his words and his witness.  He is a hero for our age in so many ways.

“If it pleases the King, and if your servant has found favour in his sight, let him send me to the city in Judah where my fathers are buried so I can rebuild it.” (Nehemiah 2:5)

I suggest we turn this request not just to our bosses and leaders, but ultimately turn it into a prayer to the King of Kings.  Jesus loves those who want to be included and involved in not just praying ‘let your kingdom come here on earth as it is in heaven’ but those who will say ‘Lord, let me build’ even where there may be ruins.

So- see the rubble as an opportunity not as just a challenge. If you are aware of a point of vulnerability in your own life, or the lives of your family, your workplace, your college and community..then start to wonder and dream..and pray…and then build!