Dr. Mark Troyer – “Don’t Indulge Your Ego at the Expense of Your Soul”
“Friends, this world is not your home, so don’t make yourselves cozy in it. Don’t indulge your ego at the expense of your soul. Live an exemplary life among the natives so that your actions will refute their prejudices.” – I Peter 2:11-12
How easy it is to be sucked into the conversations around us about the latest movie, the latest iphone app, the latest…you fill in the blank. The environment we are in absolutely becomes part of who we are, and our ways of gaining acceptance from others sometimes seem to be tied to whether we’ve watched the coolest and latest movie or whether we are up on the fantasy football or baseball league. How easy it is to get wrapped up into playing image management by how I can navigate what is relevant in my “culture,” which can be defined as that circle of people and places and friends that I run in.
I love the idea that Peter gives in verses 11-12 that we really are living “among the natives,” which means I’m not a native. When I’ve been in other countries I am very conscious that I’m not a native, and I really don’t know the ropes. But how often do I approach my life here on earth as a native? Pretty often. What would it look like if I lived my life questioning and being conscious of the things around me that I get cozy with and feel comfortable in? Being part of the culture around me is sometimes too easy. Just because I can (and it’s cool in my culture), should I? Just a thought.
- Dr. Mark Troyer, Vice President for Enrollment Management