The Prayer of Agur

Everything’s amazing and nobody’s happy – Louis CK, comedian, on The Conan O’Brian Show

Isn’t that the truth these days?  If you can find the video of Louis CK on Conan’s show (google:  Louis CK Conan), it’s absolutely hystrical in light of how our world economy has turned.  Louis CK talks about how he was on an airplane and they had high speed Internet access while flying.  Then the access broke and they guy next to him used some expletives.  The idea is that as soon as something new comes about, we feel like its owed to us – once we have it you can’t take it away!!

Being in the IT industry sometimes people think that I’m like a magician.  People don’t understand technology but they know when it works and they can be very vocal when it doesn’t. Most of the technology we are using is only a few years old (if that) but people are dependent upon almost immediately and if it doesn’t work, they stand up in their chairs and scream “Help!!”.  (well, maybe not to that extent but it can feel like it at times).  Someone recently could not get their email working and was stressing trying to get me to help them correct the situation.  I was very tempted to hand them a pen and paper and say “Write it down and mail it.  It was good enough for the hundreds of years before the Internet so it could be good enough for you now.”  I mean, when I was young, who would have thought that I could live in Europe and instantly turn on a video screen and see my parents (i.e. that’s called Skype) or even that I could send them a message that can go around the world in a few milliseconds and be delivered into their email inbox?  Things are awesome these days however it not enough for most people.  They’re waiting for the next “great” thing and won’t be satisfied until they get it.

In a blog discussing our economic times, Brian Mclaren talks about everyone waiting for “Economic Recovery” and he suggests two definitions for that –

Economic Recovery 1: Getting things back to the way they were before our current economic crisis

Economic Recovery 2: Facing our addictions and seeking to be restored to sanity.

I would pray for number two for us all so that we can get to a place where we can see that everything really is amazing – not just in technology, but that all of life is hugely amazing and incredible and that you just want to walk around the world with your jaw dropped wide open going “God, you are so awesome for making this world into what it is today!!!!”

Two things I ask of you, O Lord;  do not refuse me before I die: Keep falshood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread. Otherwise I may have too much and disown you and say ‘Who is the Lord?’ or I may become poor and steal, and so dishonor the name of my God
– Proverbs 30:7-9 (NIV)

Agur prayed these things back in the day.  Agur prayed not for poverty or for riches, but just what he needed.  Think about what life is like for a person that can pray this prayer – this is a person who sees things all around them and appreciates them for what they are:  A gift from God!

Are you ready to pray this prayer? Its not easy but as Brian Mclaren’s definition puts it – this is on the way to sanity.


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