As I am watching TEDx events in youtube, my attention was captured by their famous slogan which is “ideas worth spreading.” What came to me was the question of how long will those ideas possess the value of being “spreadable” or “likable” over the fast-shifting wave of ideas in our present world. Then, I was able to compare it to the very aged yet very updated principles of God’s Word. SO ancient yet so relevant. A certain verse generated for a while in my mind which was “heaven and earth shall pass away, but my word shall not pass away.”
Remarkable Individuals of the world like Steve Jobs, Bill Gates and companies like Apple, Google, Microsoft had one very common denominator: and that is to create ideas that change lives. Well, not really in the sense of the whole life, but a certain part of it that make life way more easier for many. They were able to create trademarks that are distinct. Products that are remarkable. Works that are captivating.
They revolutionize modern philosophies and inspired many great thinkers alike, and somehow change the way people do their day to day activities. Products that innovate the world’s view of things have come a long way, spread a long way, but still, the question is “how long?”. They were good, and others are courageous but the dilemma is still be how long will those hard-work and lofty principles stay on top of the line? How will they continue to impact the next generation? How is its value when it comes to lifelong terms?
Yes, it is a step to a higher degree of expertise and knowledge. Yes, it helps alleviate the world’s discomfort, but in the end, it is still a matter of how those ideas or principles change lives. It is a matter of how’s the effect of a certain teaching, when unleashed, shared, preached, taught, return to the source and bear fruit, genuine fruit that remain. Charities and organizations really extend tremendous amount of work to the society but the society not only needs physical food, but most of all, eternal ones.
The simple derivation from this pondering is: Ideas of the world come and go. They are highly fluctuating, and have unpredictable tides. Companies may market something today that make people’s jaw drop in craze, but after few years, that company starts to be overtaken by another one. I don’t know about you, but that’s how I remember Microsoft and Friendster.com back then. As we see, human philosophies, secular teachings, isms and world doctrines may arouse our passion a bit, excite us, move us, convince us, but when it comes to longevity, quality and eternal impact, we can see it’s greatly unstable- while God’s Word remains calm, sturdy, undisputed and emerging victoriously like a mighty fortress before the blending dust, bivouacs and penetrating foes.
What then? Therefore, build your house upon the rock. Look for stability. Build your foundations on sturdy and strong boulders that are not easily shaken (even mildly) by the fast-changing society and technology. Don’t be as spineless as an invertebrate in an ocean of human philosophies and doctrines, just like by one in this youtube video from one of the major cribs of philosophies for young Filipinos of my generation- the University of the Philippines “feel” or belief of being “we are not sure of anything, we don’t have the ability to know what is the truth” philosophy.
We are, by God’s grace and mercy, to seek out to build our life with the support of the strong backbone of protection. We need to find sure stability- and that is the Word of God. That is the Idea worth hearing, worth studying and worth spreading.