This morning as I read through the e-edition of my local paper , I came across a headline that so stunned me, I had to read the article connected to it. The headline simply stated “LISTEN TO ASHTON KUTCHER“. Knowing that my first exposure to Kutcher’s career came through his role on That 70s Show and also knowing of the sort of typical moral liberalism that Kutcher has associated with his name, I could not believe what I was reading.
Reading onward, I discovered that the article written by Cal Thomas expressed similar amazement at the comments made by the actor at the Teen Choice Awards. The comments Thomas highlights focus mainly on a moralistic call to hard work, thoughtfulness, and generosity. Even so my favorite of the comments Thomas highlights is the last one:
“Everything around us that we call life was made up by people that are no smarter than you. And you can build your own things. You can build your own life that other people can live in. So build a life. Don’t live one, build one.”
Perhaps age contributes to why this comment resonates so well with me. As a husband, father, and pastor in my thirties, I desperately desire to build something that will last. I fight week by week from falling into the rut of just living. Some people, as Kutcher indicates go through life with a day by day mentality. They merely live from meal to meal, paycheck to paycheck, or year to year. Ecclesiastes offers a refrain over and over again that all of life is “vanity and a striving after the wind.” Many prove this statement with their eat, drink, and be merry lifestyle. Read the rest of this entry »