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Critical Questions, Part III

So what am I going to do about it?

There is this old movie, The Untouchables. It is the story of Al Capone and the efforts of the government to stop his illegal activity in Chicago during prohibition. Kevin Costner is the government agent sent to Chicago to do the impossible: stop the flow of illegal alcohol. He eventually teams up with a local policeman played by Sean Connery. Capone sends a hitman after Connery’s character. As the policeman lays dying in his living room, he reaches out and pulls Costner close. As he coughs and spits out blood, he whispers, “So what are you prepared to do about it?”

You see, up to that point the government agent had been playing it safe, taking the conventional approach, unwilling to take risks. But with the death of his friend, the stakes had become much higher.


A few weeks ago, I wrote about some of the things I know I want my life to be about going forward:

  • Keep chasing the awe and mystery of God.
  • Fight for the dreams of my kids and for the Rhythm and Rogue leaders that God sends our way.
  • Inspire others to chase the wild goose, the holy wind.
  • Keep seeking out natural wonders and beautiful places.
  • Do my best to make the years that He gives me count.

Well all of that sounds good, but it does beg the question, “What am I prepared to do about it?” Doing something , taking any kind of step, can cause any of us to stepĀ  outside the comfortable, and it could have impact on my finances, my work, and how I spend my down time , it will impact a lot of things.

Life is short. Sean Connery’s line haunts me as I come out of a sabbatical…

“What are you prepared to do about it?”

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