Some one once asked, “Why do you call your blog ‘Living in Loserville?’ Isn’t that negative?’”
Other people admit that the title just plain creeps them out. They imagine that it is some kind of drop off point for people who just can’t make it in life. A place that scares them spitless.
That’s the point I want to address. Being afraid of weakness. Of failure. Of the inability to cope.
We live in a world where people are pressured to be at the top of their game all the time.
Some times they sacrifice
- vacation time
- Family time
just to appear to be more competent than the other guys around them.
Failure is not an option. Perfectionism is their driving force.
To them, loser is a nasty word. It brings to mind someone who
- gives up,
- gives in
- and just takes life as it comes.
It’s someone who refuses to look over her shoulder. Refuses to see if someone is outshining him in any way.
You want to know the truth?
If we don’t know how to lose we cannot truly enjoy life.
- Lose our fear of failure.
- Lose our fixation on material gain.
Jesus said that “whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it.”
Loserville is all about the contrast between the radical gospel of Jesus Christ and what our culture values.
Come on. Have you once seen Jesus on Reality TV hosting a
- popularity contest
- a beauty pageant
- or BFF completion?
Jesus hangs out with the weak and the broken, the widows and the orphans. the desperate and the disturbed.
Because losing everything makes people reach out to God.
Our silly notions about
- finances saving us,
- looks making us more desirable
- and prestige giving us security are just that – silly.
Coming face to face with our need for God is what life is all about.