Monday, August 2, 2010

Our Cues

I did a short stint of university level psychology. In an experiment to demonstrate the way people think, a situation was set up where a loud crash was heard in an adjoining room to where people were waiting. If the majority in that room didn’t react, then neither did the test subject. It works the other way around as well: if the majority suddenly got up and ran from the room, then the stranger who had no idea what’s going on ran also.

We are creatures of community and learn to rely on those around us – even strangers. This leads to the question: from whom do you get your cues?

The world says we have to fight for our rights and our freedom. God says He has given us our freedom. The world says we have to earn respect. God says we must respect everyone, whether they ‘earn’ it or not.

God says we don’t belong to the world. We belong to Him. This means we are set apart from the world. This means we can get our queues from God Himself. We don’t have to run and hide because everyone else around us runs and hides. We can lend a helping hand and show a caring heart in places where no one else is doing these things.

God is our cue because He has transformed us. He is our Lead, and our Compass.

Who is the greatest influence in your life?


Leslie @ goodbye, house! HELLO, HOME! said...

Hi Lynda,
Definitely, my God is the Majority in my life.
If God is for me, whom then shall I fear?
I would have, however, probably been the one to leave the test room (whether or not the others sat there or ran) to go see what the noise was--I am just very nosy or inquisitive that way :)
I don't know where I would be today if He were not my Compass.
Praise Him for GRACE!

Lynda Young said...

I'd like to think I'd investigate the noise, but if no one else even looked up, I probably wouldn't move. Bad, I know.

And yes, I don't know where I'd be without my God too.

Just Be Real said...

The Lord is the center focus for me now these day! Amen. Blessings to you Lyn and your family.

Lynda Young said...

JBR - that's so awesome to hear.

Stuff could always be worse said...

Thoughtful post, I do always try to listen to God. A great analogy

Sandy said...

My Lord is the center of my life
and greatest influence. I'm the
kind of person who would want
to know what the noise was but
wouldn't be the one to go and
investigate. We have to come to
a place where we trust the Lord
and don't let ourselves get into
fear, especially in these upcoming
days as the world grows colder,
farther from God.

Rita said...

Without giving Him first priority and the major portion of our lives, our lives are out of control! Great post.

By the way, watch for your package. It was shipped last week. Let me know if it doesn't make it there. And thank you again for being a part of my 100th!

Family, Money and Stuff said...

Oooh. Tough challenge! It's unnatural to go against this world - to be different. SO unnatural.

Thanks for the challenge to look to God instead of the world - to the unseen instead of to the visible.


Lynda Young said...

Thanks for your comments.

And yes, it goes against human nature to go against the world. But God makes us greater than mere human.

Ooh, I'm excited about the package, Rita. It was a real honour to be a part of your celebrations :)

Karen said...

I love how you have contrasted the stark differences between a life in the world and and a life with God...

Jesus has influenced my life beyond anything I could ever imagine...but if I were to choose an earthly would be my grandparents...collectively...I was blessed to know and be loved by four distinctive personalities with a common denominator...their love for Christ...each one lived out the scriptures in their daily lives...I learned more by watching them...than any sermon I ever heard....

Lynda Young said...

Karen, you truly are blessed. I never got to know my grandparents. But you are right: living by example is far better than any sermon.

Elizabeth Mahlou said...

If I were sleeping, I would not even notice the noise or that anyone had left! Actually, I am bad when it comes to community. Several times we have had false fire alarms at work where everyone left, but I did not notice and kept on working. I got caught in a real fire that way once. Perhaps community is sometimes a good thing!

Faith Imagined said...

This is such an important lesson. It is so easy for us to conform to the world but we don't belong to it! We should conform to God and nothing else. Great insights!

Lynda Young said...

Elizabeth, oh my goodness. Being caught in a fire is definietly not a good thing. But, yes, God made us to be a part of community...His community.

Alisa, yes, let's all conform to God!

RoseBelle said...

I had one year of psychology in high school and I learned a great deal from that one class. The teacher was the best!

We are creatures of habits. We mimic each other quite frequently and subconsciously which is why when we are in a situation where a group of people are behaving the same why, we automatically do the same. I have learned NOT to do this and always remind myself to use my own senses rather than relying just my eyes to guide me.

Lynda Young said...

Rosebelle, Psych in high school would have been great! And yes, it's a good lesson you learned.