do i walk funny?
I took the boys to the park the other day to give Bethany some relief. While we were there, three teenage girls (probably early high school age) showed up. Now, I’m no eaves dropper, but these girls were talking pretty loudly. As they were leaving, they walked past the swings where I was busy trying to keep both Parker and Kent swinging. One girl turned to her friends and asked, “Do I walk funny?” Though I didn’t catch her friends response, I did hear the third girl says something to the effect of “Wait…do I walk funny?”
This struck me for a couple of reasons. First, I found it amusing that this girl actually thought about how her walk looks (who does that?). But second, I found it sad that these girls were concerned with something so superficial. Our society puts pressure on us to conform to a certain image. We’re told to look this way, talk like that, listen to a certain type of music, don’t walk funny, etc. Unfortunately, for many of the students in our youth ministry, I see the same sinister influence. Instead of conforming to the image of Christ. We settle for an image that promises fleeting happiness, temporary acceptance and ultimate letdowns. When will we move from being worried about “walking funny” to walking in the footsteps of Jesus?
For those of you with a distinctly British sense of humor. Check out this clip from a classic Monty Python sketch.