learning from the best

I like to do one of two things while driving into work. Listen to Audioslave or Adam Carrolla. I don’t know what it is about Audioslave but when I listen to the amazing riffs of Tom Morello in melodious bliss with the scratchy voice of Christ Cornell I just get put into a great mood. This is always a good way to start my day. On the days that I don’t feel like I need a rhythmic pick me up I listen to Adam Carolla. Adam is the smartest and funniest man on radio, and has surrounded himself with great complementary players. Its like he looked at what Jordan did on the court, and decided, “Hell, why can’t that work for radio?” The best way to sum up Carolla is to say that he everything you wished Howard Stern was: funny, witty, sarcastic, and only mildly crude.

Yesterday Adam explained the filter by which he puts all activities in his life through. Activites as big as getting married or buying a house, or as small as buying a cup of coffee or making fun of the obese man he saw drinking a quad venti caramel macchiato with extra-extra whip cream and caramel at Starbucks. It is quite simple, Carolla says he will only do an activity if it; a) makes him happy, or b) makes him money. Should he send that nasty e-mail to his co-worker? “Well it won’t make me any more happy or richer,” he thinks, and therefore he declines to do it. There is a reason Adam Carolla is as successful as he is: he’s a freaking genius.

Think about the pure logic behind that statement. Machiavellian it may be, but smart also. As a person that loves Jesus I see the obvious pitfalls that this logic will take one to, of which I feel no need to go through since they are painfully obvious. What I would like to say is that this idea of a simple filter by which we send all the activities is our life is brilliant. For the Christian the filter would also be obvious: a) does it glorify God?, and b) does it bless my neighbor. Obviously one would need to be spirit-filled to even carry the motivation to do what this filter asks, but what a great spiritual discipline for the mind. Romans 12:1 tells us to be transformed by the renewing of your mind, or as I like to say, the reprogramming of your mind. This spiritual discipline is what I like to call reprogramming our filter.

The reality is that most of us use Carolla’s filter, but when put in the hands of a tremendously smart and hardworking man such as Adam Carolla of Bill Gates, this filter produces success. The bum begging for change on the freeway also uses this filter, he just thought that methamphetamines were a good choice the way that Ron Burgundy thought milk was a good choice. We must learn to renew/reprogram our minds to where every action passes through the filter of a) does it glorify God, and b) does it bless my neighbor. Obviously there is more to the renewal process as we can only understand what glorifies God and blesses others as we learn more about those things as communicated through the Bible. But that is a different spiritual discipline altogether. The filter can be used even with the tiniest bit of Bible knowledge. Just a thought.

Matt

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