This week, thousands of people from all around the world will receive their copy of what I feel to be a life-changing book, written by my good friend Eric Samuel Timm, titled Static Jedi. The concept is simple: learn to master the noise in your life before it masters you. The application is challenging. We love noise. Our first action upon entering the car is to turn on the radio. Our first inclination when getting into bed is to turn on the fan. Even as unborn babies our parents play music via over sized headphones in the hopes of our becoming the next Steve Jobs. Noise is everywhere.
And while scores of believers and unbelievers alike will consume the pages of this book the way a teenagers inhales a plate of pepperoni rolls after school, I have two advantages. The first? I was honored to have read the book months ago. The second? I know the author. Now, knowing the author doesn’t make me a celebrity but what it does provide is “insider knowledge.” Over the past 3 years Eric and I have traveled each spring, engaged in hundreds of hours of conversations and consumed way too many dessert nachos together. He’s a friend and I’m honored to say that.
Being his friend has let me in on seeing his heart. I’ve watched the daily struggle of being a father and husband who travels for his career; attempting to make every moment count. I’ve seen him love students and share a life-changing hope they so desperately need to hear and understand. We’ve laughed until nearly loosing all form of bodily control. And I’ve sat and listened to him as he’s challenged me with the concept of “time” and my walk with the Lord.
After reading Static Jedi, EST and I where Portland together for a junior high event. In between trying to decide when we were gonna hit up the food trucks we talked about the book. I shared with him three thoughts that had screamed at the noise in my life and I would like to share one with you now.
In Eric’s reference to Common Era (page 108 I believe) he writes:
“The same could be said about your life. A distinction between two eras, one with the noise and one in mastery of it. Will you draw the line? The distinction on your timeline will be found in the journey to master of the static. Jesus, who is the head of the church, helps us master the noise by example of what he did and flowing from how he lived. Out of this we make better churches that bear fruit. What we do is a by-product of how we live. How we live is a product of what we choose. What we choose is up to us. Choosing the noise or choosing Jesus.”
So, then the question becomes, “Is my life any different AD than it was BC?”
Sit there for a second and let that question sink in. Is my life, after Christ has drawn His red-line in my heart, any different than when I was living before Christ?
-When I’ve been hurt and want to retaliate will I respond “AD?”
-When I’m faced with temptation and want to give in will I respond “AD?”
-In making life choices will I do my own thing or honor the “AD” foundation of my life?
If I have any prayer of mastering the constant and relentless noise in my life I must live “AD.” If living a life that honors God is even remotely possible then I must learn to master the noise in my life and in turn live “AD.”
Learn to be a Static Jedi or stop living with hope because there’s not a calendar system in the world that will save you.