Matthetes smiled as he jingled his new gods, jumbling them in his pockets like a potpourri of coins and marbles.
His Dad had given him his first god when he was thirteen – just a man. His first god was Ambition. Ambition had served him well, making him first in his class and head of school, landing him great job opportunities and a bright future.
Over the years, he gave himself fully to the gods in his pocket but worried that something was wrong.
They didn’t work anymore.
Matthetes became disillusioned with his gods, then, and threw them all away. All his life he’d wanted, then got, then lost, then got, then been disappointed by, his gods.
And now they were gone.
And he felt no differently.
So he went to get the new God he’d heard about put into his heart.
The surgery was invasive, but didn’t hurt as much as he’d anticipated.
The ritual was spooky, but it was the good‐spooky
(more mystical, less haunting).
The alchemy was almost non‐existent, though everyone attending assured
Matthetes that a transformation had – in fact – taken place.
As he was completely emptied out of all his Ambition,
his love for Flesh,
his addiction to Media,
his fantasy of Fitness and Diet and Novelty;
as his need for the pocket gods vanished Matthetes was left with only
one certainty in all the world.
The God in his heart would always continue to grow.
And from that central truth he took strength.
The God‐in‐his‐heart grew – and so would he.
That was the turning point – working together with the God‐in‐his‐heart, cooperating with the God‐in‐his‐heart, Matthetes began to learn about achievement without pride,
love without lust,
pleasure without novelty,
health without anxiety,
economy without greed,
friendship without agenda…
His whole life was different.
Dr. David McDonald is the teaching pastor at Westwinds Community Church in Jackson, MI. The church, widely considered among the most innovative in America, has been featured on CNN.com and in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and Time Magazine. David weaves deep theological truths with sharp social analysis and peculiar observations on pop culture. He lives in Jackson with his wife, Carmel, and their two kids. Follow him on twitter (@fossores) or online at fossores.com