i want to be an aberration :: and i’d like that dress medium rare

October 12, 2010

I remember the moment Seth was born, and I heard “It’s a boy…”  With crystal clarity.  In high definition.

I remember my first kiss with Amy.  Had trouble walking after that.  My legs were rubber.

I remember the day my mom started losing her hair because of the chemo.  She was brushing her hair in the bathroom, and I heard her kind of yelp-laugh.  She came out of the bathroom with the brush in her hand… and a clump of hair in the brush… and not on the side of her head.  She seemed particularly more OK with it than I was.  She was prepared, as much as you can be, I suppose.

These were not normal days.  These days stand out.

When Michael Phelps won his fourteenth Olympic Gold medal in the 4 x 100 meter relay in 2008 in Beijing , people noticed.

In January 2007, when Now York resident Wesley Autry jumped onto the tracks and laid on top of a 19 year old having a seizure (and UNDER the oncoming subway train) to save his life, people noticed.

When Lady Gaga decided to wear a dress made out of meat to the Video Music Awards this year, people noticed.

What is it about Michael, about Wesley, about… um.. do I call her “Lady” or “Gaga”?

These are the aberrations.  People don’t notice the universal norm.  We may not remember our fourth day of seventh grade, or the name of the guy who drove past us this moring at the second stoplight on our way to work, or the last time we ate a peanut butter sandwich.  Too everyday.  Too commonplace.  Not surprising.  Not overtly horrifying, ridiculous, or exhillarating.  Normal.

People don’t ever stop to think, “Man, that guy is so much like all the other people I know… I really want to get inside his head.”  People notice the aberrations.

Jesus tells his followers we are to be salt and light (Matthew 5:13-16).  To stand out.  Not just to blend into the normal.  Salt and light have a profound influence on their surroundings.  They change the state of their surroundings.

People don’t notice normal.  But they are intensely interested in the aberrations.  They remember aberrations.  And they want to know what makes a thing, a day, an environment, a person the way that it is.  If I can live in such a way that people wonder what makes me tick – if they see something radically different than normal in me, I’ll have a chance to tell them about Jesus.

“Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.”  (1 Peter 3:15)

I want to be an aberration.  But I’m not wearing my meat suit to Hermeneutics class…

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Psalm 24:7 & Luke 10:42 >> Like David, and Mary, I'm in pursuit of my one thing. I'm the Pastor at St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Montgomery, IL. Pastor, teacher, writer, communicator, designer, and drummer. I definitely got the better deal in my marriage to Amy. And I couldn't be any more proud of my five amazing boys. Deeply grateful.

2 responses to i want to be an aberration :: and i’d like that dress medium rare

  1. You realize, this takes the whole “cow costume” thing to a whole new level…