Over the past several weeks, we have all bared witness to the challenge videos that have gone viral. It started with the Cold Water Challenge, and now has morphed into more serious and potentially deadly challenges like the Fire Challenge and Sleep Challenge. As I see these videos being shared across the internet, I always wonder why people continue to put themselves in harm’s way over a challenge that was NEVER REALLY issued to them. When I think of a challenge, I always think back to that episode on “The Cosby Show” where Cliff is in Rudy’s tap dance class and the instructor, Mr. Sandman, challenges Cliff to a competition. The instructor performs a tap dance move, and then challenges Cliff to do better - it is a classic episode that you can view here. But when you look at that challenge, it was all innocent and all in fun. It was a challenge that was simple - try and do better than me. Now if Cliff was the right person, it was a challenge that would make him better at his craft of tap dancing. Growing up, we always issued challenges on who could make the most free throws, throw the ball the farthest or who could run the fastest. Whatever happened to those types of challenges?
With these Fire Challenge and Sleep Challenge videos, I wonder why and how we came to be a copy cat society. And the fact that we are copy cats to ignorant acts baffles me! The people in these videos need to be transformed in the mind, and there is a remedy for that - it’s called The Bible. The verse that comes to mind for me is Romans 12:2, and the King James Version reads as this:
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
Now, I am one who has always had issues understanding the King James Version on some verses, so let me share with you the simplicity of the New Living Translation for this verse. It reads as this:
Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.
I could end this post right after that verse, as it is self-explanatory. But for anyone reading this who is contemplating doing one of these challenge videos or has children who may be influenced to do so, share this verse with them. Quit trying to be someone else, but instead, be who God created you to be so that you can live life according to His will and receive your blessings in abundance.
If you agree with what I’ve said, all I ask is that your share with a friend or two and let’s see if we can help change the mindset of our society together - be blessed.
The 3 X’s of Success: Take a long look in the mirror, and don’t be afraid to examine yourself - down to the core. Once you TRULY know yourself, you won’t be a copy of someone else or allow your surroundings to influence who you become. P. S. Go look up xenomorphic and let it marinate, I promise it will bless you!