On Friday night Conan O'Brien was officially booted off the set of NBC. In an act of class he said,
“…All I ask of you, especially young people…is one thing. Please don’t be cynical. I hate cynicism — it’s my least favorite quality and it doesn’t lead anywhere. Nobody in life gets exactly what they thought they were going to get. But if you work really hard and you’re kind, amazing things will happen. I’m telling you, amazing things will happen.”
Way too often on my own journey with God I haven't heeded wise words like those of Conan. I have let myself become disillusioned, cynical & at times bitter. Jesus certainly wasn't bitter nor was the character of the early church. Jesus taught that we can live life with a childlike faith that trusts what the Father is up to.
The opposite of a childlike spirit is a cynical spirit. Cynicism is, increasingly, the dominant spirit of our age. Personally, it is my greatest struggle in prayer. If I get an answer to prayer, sometimes I’ll think, It would have happened anyway. Other times I’ll try to pray but wonder if it makes any difference. Paul Miller
I could think that It'd be easy to be less cynical is one were getting $35 million as a send off but I'd be missing the whole point. Busted!
Cynicism keeps us from trusting God & knowing His constant companionship. Give it up.
"Let these children alone. Don't get between them and me. These children are the kingdom's pride and joy. Mark this: Unless you accept God's kingdom in the simplicity of a child, you'll never get in."