So what stops our ability to just jump into the snow? How did we move from the little one with a childlike faith and curiosity to a stressed out adult that longs for that feeling again for a sense of adventure, and wonder? Yaconelli continues in his book talking about the things that steal our wonder, the things that become roadblocks to our ability to dream:
The most critical issue facing Christians is not abortion, pornography, the disintegration of the family, moral absolutes, MTV, drugs, racism, sexuality, or school prayer. The critical issue today is dullness. We have lost our astonishment. The Good News is no longer good news, it is okay news. Christianity is no longer life changing, it is life enhancing. Jesus doesn’t change people into wild-eyed radicals anymore, He changes them into “nice people.”
Michael Yaconelli. Dangerous Wonder (Kindle Locations 168-171).
How often do we in youth ministry talk about how media has corrupted our students. We often talk about how today’s music, or movies communicate messages that are counter-active to the agenda of Christ and the Gospel that we try to instill in them. While those things could be true, while they might even actually BE true, how much is Mike’s words about dullness not feel like a jab in the back? We do treat things with dullness. We teach the Word of God, but yet continue as families and youth ministries to build up walls to protect our students and children from going out on a dangerous, wondrous adventure seeking Jesus. We get scared of what that could be, and without knowing it, we contribute to being a dream crusher, a roadblock, a weight not allowing that one under our care to truly experience Jesus in what it means to be completely abandoned to him.
My challenge to myself, and to you, is to avoid dullness. Don’t teach it. Don’t practice it. Help yourself to engage in Wonder and bring others along with you for the ride!