If you give a crap about everything, you won’t give a crap about anything. Right now there are only a handful of things I really give a crap about. I don’t give a crap about Donald Trump’s travel itinerary, Nicki Manaj’s new music video, or a burrito under my hood. (I don’t know what a burrito under my hood means but it sounded like something someone might give a crap about.) It’s easy to start giving a crap about chasing happiness as defined by the world. Chasing happiness is a negative experiment, like a Jr. High science class when you experiment with sulfur and the whole rooms smells like rotten eggs for the rest of class and stinks up the whole hall. Happiness surprises us as a result of owning our own problems, and no matter how much we try, problems and challenges are impossible to avoid. Our culture is obsessed with entitlement to happiness. Which is why self-help books are like a mountain of cocaine and our culture is like Tony Montana, snorting them up like a Dyson vacuum cleaner. These books hone in on the desires of human nature and make a killing on the lusts of the human condition, cha-Ching, cha-Ching. But avoiding suffering is not the key to happiness and on the flip side neither is embracing all suffering. What we have to decide is, what do we give a crap about enough to suffer for. God calls each of us to something, His plan and purpose for our lives is there if we look. It can be found in the places we live, work, play and worship. It’s found with the people we’re surrounded by in those places and the tasks before us that give Him honor and glory and give us life. When we focus on too much outside of that, when we “give a crap” about too much, well, crap, we are robbing from the life we are actually called to.
If we are going to walk in quality, in really plain English it means we need to start giving a crap about what God gives a crap about on earth as it is in heaven.
John 17:4 “I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work that you gave me to do”