Wednesdays with Jillene: Zombies?

Zombies… in some ways I cannot believe I am writing a post with zombies as a topic.

Seriously…

I am not someone who likes to watch scary movies or television shows, I don’t like to be scared because I sure do scare easily. When I was (a lot) younger I had a paper route and I still remember the MANY times I would practically run my early morning deliveries after having watched a movie about aliens. I was afraid I would be abducted or would have an alien encounter… I was not interested in either… so I would run my paper route hoping to get home as fast as possible.

 

Today it isn’t aliens so much, though they do still feature in many movies and television shows, instead there is an ever growing presence of zombies in media. From numerous games, to television shows, featured in movies… zombie themes abound. And then I read about this app the other day called:  Zombies, Run!

“Zombies, Run! is an ultra-immersive running game for the iPhone, iPod Touch, and … The number-one fitness app, besting even the mammoth Nike Plus…” Now you can get in your run and star as a hero in your own zombie apocalypse at the same time!

Even the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have developed an app centered on zombies… emergency training courses have been developed around “Surviving a Zombie Apocalypse”…

I must be missing out on something big here…

 

Our culture definitely has a fascination with zombies, a fixation on the living dead. I’ve done a little reading as of late, into WHY we are so fascinated with zombies… it seems a common reasoning is that we are (as a whole) concerned with disaster, impending doom and have a DEEP desire to survive.

As I was reading all of this, I had an interested spiritual connection.  It had to do with John 10:10 where Jesus says, “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” I think that people would like to get the most out of life. Yet often we find ourselves striving for things that really get us nowhere or we are afraid we are missing out on what life should be all about. I know many who feel they are struggling just to survive and they are never able to thrive.

 

We don’t want to be zombies… we don’t want to be just barely alive, living but yet dead.

 

Through Christ, God give us the chance at TRUE LIFE, ABUNDANT LIFE, and LIFE TO THE FULLEST!

God does present us with a bit of a paradox though in Matthew 16:25, “For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it.”

To truly live, we have to be willing to lay it all down. In view of God’s mercy, we CHOOSE to lay it down and live each day for God (Romans 12:1).

Still has me pondering tonight… so I leave you with that not quite finished/worked out thought… and ask you:

What do you think that it means that Jesus came that we might have life and have it to the full?

~Jillene

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